American Gods Book Review
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies…and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing – an epic war for the very soul of America – and that he is standing squarely in its path.
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 a 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!