Title – American Gods
Author – Neil Gaiman
Publisher – William Morrow
Genre – Mythology, Fantasy
My Rating – 3/5
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there.
Let’s just get to the point – I’m disappointed. After hearing so much about the book, I really wanted to enjoy this book. I have given the book 3 stars (Closer to 2.5 really) because it had an excellent-excellent story line. New gods versus old gods – pure gold.
However, it took me months to finish the book. I came so close to DNF’ing nearly 5 times. The only reason I made it through was that it was one of the books I wanted to finish before 2017 ends and I almost didn’t make it.
The book has few merits, primarily the idea behind it but beyond that it really isn’t my cup of tea. Shadow was a largely unremarkable character for me and Wednesday, while intriguing was if its possible – far too cryptic. The whole story line with Shadow’s wife Laura seemed unnecessary and I didn’t enjoy it one bit.
I think my entire problem with the book was that I like action-packed books. I need something to happen at all times but all American Gods seemed to be was a description of Shadow’s day to day life.
The redeeming factor for the book was the ending. I will admit that it was very shocking and very well written, and I did not see it coming. Other than that this book was really just about okay for me.
And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day! Until next time –