American Gods (American Gods #1)

Write on: Fri, 14 Jul 2017 by  in Guests Reviews Read 3853

Now a TV series on Starz, starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber, just to name a few. I decided to give American Gods a try, somewhat because of the TV show, but mostly at the urging of my brother-in-law. He is a big fan of Gaiman, though I have to say, I didn't know who the guy was until 2016.

Please, don't hit me. 

We can all agree: Gaiman writes some weird freaking fiction. But though it is weird, it is eerily beautiful and poetic. He has such a way with words that you fully immerse yourself in his writing, tasting and feeling each scene like you are apart of them. 

American Gods is the story of the Old and New. The Old are being forgotten; people no longer worship them or even remember why they existed in the first place. The New are replacing the Old, taking idol worship to the max and brainwashing all of humanity in order to forget their origins. It is a story of Shadow Moon, a man put behind bars for 3 years. A man who just wants to put his past behind him, go home to the wife he loves, and begin afresh. But that future is taken away from him after he finds out that his wife and best friend were killed in an auto accident. What follows is nothing short of a dream. He accepts a interesting job from a man called Mr. Wednesday, a man who seems to know more about Shadow than he himself. As Shadow's job and life become ever more interesting, a war is brewing. Mr. Wednesday is recruiting his old associates across America while the New are trying to bring Shadow to the "winning side". It is up to Shadow to figure out his role in this epic clash between Gods before it is too late.

Though American Gods doesn't present epic battles, tons of blood and death, and every single God imaginable, there is still plenty to love here. Gaiman spins a wonderful tale of how the Old are forgotten, the New have come to the forefront, and how America is utterly lost in between. His characters are thoroughly fleshed out, the storyline is astounding, and the America he has created is much like what you see today, yet somewhat vastly different. 

I definitely suggest grabbing a copy and diving in. I listened to the 10th Anniversary Edition on Audible which presents a full cast and I couldn't get enough of it. If you love audiobooks, this is one you do not want to miss. If you have already ready American Gods, I suggest your next read be Paternus by Dyrk Ashton and vice versa. They pair very well.

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