Series: American Gods #1
Published by Headline Review on 4th March 2005
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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...
This is the author's preferred text, never before published in the UK, and is about 12,000 words longer than the previous UK edition.
To say I have no idea what went on in this book is an understatement but for some bizarre reason it made me love this book all the same. It was a winding road and there were so many roads and winding turns that at times it was hard to keep up with who was who and what was going on. But there was pure beauty in this story, and the way that it was told that made me really appreciate the characters and their role in the story.
I think the way that the myths were weaved throughout the story and the way they were represented as normal if not a little bizarre characters. The way that they were described and translated into the modern world was something short of a miracle. I mean if I could write characters like Neil Gaiman did in American Gods I’m pretty sure I would be a best selling author as well.
I do have to say the one thing I wish that this book would have had more off – Shadow asking more questions. But that was more because I desperately wanted more answers to all the questions that I had in my mind and desperately wanted to know more about the characters and their modern lives.
My favourite character in American Gods is definitely Wednesday. I adored how rounded his personality was and I also loved his interactions with the other characters. There was something about him that just made the whole book flowed and become something so much better and bigger than its potential. I was so thrilled with the way he ended the book, it all made perfect sense and if it had ended any other way it would have been a travesty.
My least favourite character in American Gods is a hard one because I didn’t hate any of them but I think the one I had the most problems with would have to be Shadow. He wasn’t a bad character actually he was well rounded, interesting and for the main character one of the best I’ve read in a long time. However… I wish he hadn’t gone along with everything so blindly, that there had been some kind of questioning, something that would have satisfied my greediness to know more. BUT although he is technically my least favourite character in American Gods I love him dearly.
I would recommend American Gods and have done quite a few times. This book has a meandering quality that makes you feel like you’re the one on the road trip. Sitting in the back seat watching the exchanges as they happen. If you haven’t read this book, then pick it up! I’m off to watch the series on Prime.
Have you ever read a book where all the characters hold a special place in your heart? Even the bad ones? Let me know about them in the comments below!
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