Book Reviews – American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Title – American Gods

Author – Neil Gaiman

Publisher – William Morrow

Genre – Mythology, Fantasy

My Rating – 3/5

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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.

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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.

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And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day! Until next time –

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  1. I haven’t read American Gods, but I’ve read Anansi Boys, which I didn’t know was sort of a companion of it at the time. I had heard so many great things about Gaiman and I was very disappointed. I couldn’t get through it and almost dnf’d it but eventually finished it. I’m willing to give Gaiman another chance, but it probably won’t be with American Gods.

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