“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 or 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 book is ma-hosive and it took me ages to read. I (stupidly) decided to start it during my exams and never fully got into it until after they finished, which left me with quite a disjointed memory of the book. Since I discovered Neil Gaiman, he has being one of my absolute favourite writers and American Gods is his signature novel, almost. I really wanted to love it, like I love his other books and I was really afraid I was going to hate it (American Gods seems to be a marmite book – you either love it or you hate it).
It took me a long time to get into the story. I warmed to Shadow from the offset, and I loved that he was so different from the hero’s that I normally read about. As usual, Neil Gaiman writes beautifully and in such an engaging way that the book is difficult to put down. This book doesn’t pander or over explain things and I think that’s what made it jarring almost for me. I had to think about each chapter, mull it over in my head before continuing – I think this adds to the books appeal and makes it so original.
The story itself is really strange, and combines magic and mystery with some really weird scenes. It really makes you think, and I just loved the gods, the blurring of what is good and evil and Shadows development.
Ultimately, I loved American Gods. It isn’t my favourite Gaiman novel, but it is such a strong piece of literature and I will definitely be purchasing a copy.