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 sDays 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 thereThis is the author s preferred text, never before published in the UK, and is about 12,000 words longer than the previous UK edition.
American Gods 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
In 2003, I walked away from my childhood religion a high control some would say abusive group with a tiny little worldview and a severe superiority complex This was my reality I believed with all my being that the things depicted above were real, and were just over the event horizon Leaving meant losing almost every friend I had ever made since childhood, it created a rift with my still devout family, and quite possibly saved my life Is it any wonder that fiction alternate realities, fantasy, an [...]
Anybody who tells you that the book is about old and new gods, or about a man named Shadow, or about coin tricks, or about having one s head smashed in for losing a game of checkers, is selling you a line, because those are just details, not the story itself.Much like any Neil Gaiman story, the devil is in the details, and you just have to resolve yourself to coming along for the ride or you ll miss it It s not one story, or two, it s many, and it s all completed you have to just read it, and en [...]
This is a tough review for me to write I m not exactly sure what it is about this book that I don t like I m not sure there even IS something I don t like Since I don t want to just leave you all with the ever popular I m just not that into it , I will try to explain.This book has all the elements of a book I would enjoy The creepiness factor is up there, the writing is brilliant, the main character is a big lug I couldn t help but love Also, I have always been fascinated by mythology, so that s [...]
Whenever we have a cold snap here in Wisconsin, I find myself thinking about one of my favorite pieces of American Gods I remember reading it back in 2002 or so This was back in the day Back when it was a bit of a secret that Gaiman lived in Wisconsin I read the following section of the book nodding to myself, thinking, Yup, that s exactly what it s like Then I had another thought I bet this comes from that really bad cold snap we had here in Wisconsin about six years ago It was pretty cool for [...]
Read Gaiman they say I can t believe you ve never read Gaiman You have GOT TO read Gaiman Gaiman is SUCH an important part of popular culture and one of the BEST contemporary writers You HAVE TO READ GAIMAN Well, I ve read Gaiman now.Hi Gaiman Bye Gaiman Let me quote American Gods is Neil Gaiman s best and most ambitious novel yet, a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit I agree with everything but the beginning and the end It [...]
I find myself shocked at the awards this book has won and the praise heaped upon it How on Gods Earth could a book about Gods walking on the Earth among mortals be so pedestrian Somehow Gaiman managed to turn a potentially cool premise into something boring For those who love this book and I know it is many please forgive the sarcasm to follow as I blaspheme against the beloved Gaiman But Gods help me, the I read, the I hated American Gods.First off, while the premise sounds interesting the I [...]
In this unique love letter to the United States, Gaiman manages to celebrate its underground spiritual traditions, glory in the magnificence of its landmarks, landscapes, and bizarre tourist traps, and most important both mourn and venerate its pagan often immigrant gods in decline, battered and diminished though they may be by the shallowness and speed of our technological world The gods are indeed the best part of this very good book degenerate and threadbare, yet still gods, capable of inspir [...]
My first thought on this book This is a 2.5 to 3 star book max for me I am pretty sure this will be my last Neil Gaiman book I have tried two others Good Omens The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch and The Ocean at the End of the Lane and one of those was okay Omens and one of them I couldn t stand Ocean.I realize that my feelings on Gaiman and his books are contrary to popular opinion, but they are just not my cup of tea They are slow They seem intentionally odd and artsy By t [...]
Do you ever read a book and become completely lost in the words and, ultimately, wonder what is actually happening Well, I do So, I go back and read the bits I may not have picked up or accidently skimmed over This allows me to actually understand the book I tried doing that with this, and I quickly realised that I still had no idea what was going on The plot of this felt completely random, drawn out to the point of ridiculousness and the events, themselves, felt incoherent I have no idea why mo [...]
American Gods by Neil Gaiman, by the author s own description, is a work that has inspired strong emotions and little in between readers have either liked it a lot, or loathed it entirely Reading some of the reviews bears witness to this dichotomy I liked it, liked it a lot, but I can also understand why someone may dislike the work Gaiman, in his storyteller way, has stepped over boundaries and stepped on toes And not just religious or theological ideas, but nationalistic ideals as well Gaiman [...]
I listened to the full cast audiobook of this while on a long drive and I highly recommend it for the experience This book is meandering, in such a way that you can feel yourself getting lost But, in Gaiman fashion, he has a way of tying everything up in the end or not in some cases in a way that was satisfying for me If you don t mind a character focused story with a lot of detours and LOVE mythology, you ll eat this up.
My literary promiscuity being what it is, I have read and loved a lot of novels in many different genres However, among the beau coup books that I have loved long time there are a select few that hold a special, hallowed place in my pantheon of favorites American Gods is one of these elite Gaiman s writing is both subdued and poetic It is deeply emotional, but without a hint of melodrama His descriptions are elaborate yet not drawn out He tells a huge, complex, eternal story, one small tale at a [...]
I find it really weird how many American media products have the word American in the title Obviously, this a few weeks back I also read American Rust You ve got your American Beauty, American Ninja, An American Werewolf in London American Psycho American Sniper American Pie, American Dad, American Graffiti What is going on here, what are they trying to prove I really don t understand it I mean you d never get British Beauty , French Psycho , would you That just seems completely laughable.Anyway [...]
High 3.5 maybe 4 stars I can t say this is one I would recommend to everyone, and I certainly won t be shoving it down people s throats But I liked it.Now, somehow I ended up with the extended 10 year anniversary edition So, maybe that s why it took me forever to finish this But I don t think that was entirely the issue It s just a loooong fuckin book And not much happens in it action wise, so you re not exactly flipping the pages with any intensity.There s not even really in my opinion a slow b [...]
Many things prove to me that the gods take part in the affairs of man Herodotus In Gaiman s story, the converse is equally true the very existence of the gods depends on the affairs of mankind, specifically, that people believe in them Like mortals, they need to be loved.Gods from cultures around the world travelled to the US in the minds of immigrants The indigenous people already had their own gods, and now 2001 there are new gods as well internet, capitalism, media etc In a material, synaptic [...]
Update Re read for the first time in years to prep for reviewing the tv show So excited I m recapping for BN, I ll be putting links up on my profile periodically to the recaps Overall, this is a harder book than I remembered So much harder as in, harder edged and thoughtful than I remember, both It s not as twisty turny surprise y as it was when I read it last time, but it than makes up for it with the new thematic things I have the headspace to think about There s so much here to play with an [...]
Gods die And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered Ideas are difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed in the end Why do gods have to fight and die Isn t there enough space in people s hearts to accommodate everyone, as in the old days New gods and old gods, but it seems that they aren t all powerful as such They need the mortals to believe in them, otherwise they simply cease to exist.I initially thought I wouldn t write a review about Neil Gaiman s gloriously dar [...]
a protagonist, Shadow calm, collected, quiet, passive, cagey, a tough guy and a sensitive guy his life has been about reacting and not impacting he moves through his story as if through a dream tragedies and betrayals and mysteries and confidence games, the beginnings and endings of hope and love and life all viewed as if through water, as if these terrible wonders were happening to someone else he could be nothing than a pawn in life let alone a pawn of the gods but yet his passivity is combin [...]
A man was swallowed by a woman s vagina so my mom wrote me a note and now I don t have to review this book any.
DNF 26%I tried, okay I genuinely want to like Neil Gaiman I want to fall in love with his stories, and be enchanted, and all things wonderful But this book is not going to do that for me It was weird stories about eating tiger balls and man eating vaginas, I cannot deal with.
If you are to survive, you must believe Believe what asked Shadow What should I believe He stared at Shadow, the buffalo man, and he drew himself up huge, and his eyes filled with fire He opened his spit flecked buffalo mouth and it was red inside with the flames that burned inside him, under the earth Everything, roared the buffalo man When the people came to America they brought us with them They brought me and Loki and Thor, Anansi and the Lion God, Leprechauns and Cluracans and Banshees, Kub [...]
This book in a very round about way taught me what good literature is My mother was telling me about this book, and commented that it is good literature Now, I was surprised to hear this because Neil Gaiman is usually a nonstop sex and violence party of disaffected goth teenager fantasy Further, I didn t really believe in good literature I had had so much obvious bull plop literary analysis crammed down my throat in high school A high school teacher once said to our class In the Great Gatsby, gr [...]
I finished American Gods two weeks ago and I postponed writing a review as I was trying to come up with something smart to match the book Obviously, as always when I struggle too much, nothing comes to min I will just let my heart do the talking, then Neil Gaiman is a genius There is something magical about his writing that enwraps me every time I open the pages of his creations Maybe it is the way he combines action, mystery, mythology, mysticism, surreal, together with life lessons and harsh t [...]
I remembered raving and raving about this book back in the day, reading it long before I read his Sandman and going wow And very wow.Up to that point, we hadn t had much of the god punk genre I like to believe that Gaiman was the one that really popularized the whole notion and ever since, we ve had wonderful, wonderful examples filling the market Usually UF, quite a bit of other fantasy as well, and above all, our imaginations.We love gods We love stories of gods We especially love it when we b [...]
Gods die And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered Ideas are difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.The Old Gods brought over by immigrants Wild, fantastical tales of elephant headed men and trickster spiders Of power and lust Of fear and worship.The New Gods created by the immigrants descendants Gods of money, media and might Newly formed out of the hopes, dreams and desires of a people who ve long since forgotten the Old Gods A storm is coming The [...]
For a confused minute or a week really if I can be truly honest with myself , I tried typing power overwhelming using my Kindle Paperwhite Now kids, power overwhelming is a Star Craft cheat that made ones troops god like or invincible I wanted god like powers so I d have the power to read through and like American Gods, but alas, I am only human and cannot smite Neil Gaiman for my disappointment.I have to hand it to Neil Gaiman for coming up with this fantastic concept, a Battle Royale between t [...]
this audiobook istwentyhourslong.but i persevered and i finished and i did it.WHO S THE REAL AMERICAN GODview to come yes, this is the 7th book i m currently reading what of it please send helpe first book in my audiobook extravaganza thanks to Caidyn and James for recommending.
Simply Amazing Many bizzare and sometimes macabre stories within a story for a mixture of mystery, gruesome sex, and laugh out loud humor that is thoroughly enjoyable I must admit that a couple of the early stories were a bit confusing for me, but it all came together in the end.Probably not for everyone Update April 30, 2017 Well Yikes Watched Episode 1 of the series on STARZ And all I can say is Yikes again OMGOSH and Holy Crap It was Wild
I did like this, I liked this very much.This was on my to read list and given I ve never heard of the guy before it must have been recommended to me by someone No idea who, though It is a little surprising that when I looked no one I knew had reviewed this book What had inspired me to read it is lost now.A friend of mine wrote to me last week about her son s interest in magic tricks now, that must be the first time in years that I ve thought about magic at all So, when this one started and the m [...]