American Gods – Neil Gaiman

The entire time I was reading this book, I was thinking about what an awesome blog entry this was going to be. I was thinking that, because I was enjoying the book so much. Then I finished, and it came time to blog – and I am at a loss for something really interesting to say.

People have been bugging me to read Gaiman for awhile now, and I am not a big sci-fi/fantasy fan. I read “Good Omens” and wasn’t blown away, but this finally crept up to the top of the list. I am really glad I did.

The basic premise of the book is that the gods exist, and when people move, they take their gods with them. So, incarnations of gods and all other manner of mythological  being follow people to the countries they move. And apparently, America isn’t too hospitable to the deities of the Old Country – no matter what the old country is. And now the gods of myth and legend are dying, and being usurped by American gods of technology and media, etc. They get this guy Shadow wrapped into their drama. There is of  course more to it, but I barely have the space or energy.

The characters of legend appear from all sorts of countries and pantheons, with a specific focus on the old Norse. Which, while I am not super familiar with – I really love. The whole Viking archaeology thing and all. I also got to learn a little bit about the mythical folks from other traditions. Never even heard of some of them!

As a kid, I loved the Greek myths – I knew them all by heart. And now, I love how they all help me finish a crossword puzzle. I really wish I read this book when I was a teen and in my pagan phase. I loved it now,  but I would have gone over the moon, then. Looking forward to reading a little more Gaiman.



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4 responses to “American Gods – Neil Gaiman

  1. Brenna

    As a lover of Gaiman I’m glad you enjoyed this book so much. I actually haven’t read it yet but it’s next on my list. I understand what you mean about Good Omens, I wasn’t blown away either, and I thought Stardust was ok…but Coraline, The Graveyard Book and Sandman are fantastic. I don’t know if you read comics, but if you do definitely check out Sandman and Marvel 1602, a “what if” story that sets the X Men, Daredevil, Thor, Hulk etc in the era of Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish inquisition. It’s amazing!

  2. Thanks Brenna! I still can’t get into comics. I keep trying and trying – but I think it is has something to do with the actual way I read. I just end up annoyed. But, I am going to try to actually read The Watchmen now that I have seen the movie, and see if that helps me get more into it.

  3. Nicole

    Just finished this book as well, and I was totally blown away. For anyone who read and liked this book, what other books (with a similar feel) do you recommend? I’ve heard Gaiman’s typical books are totally different from this one, but I’d like to try them. Suggestions by other authors are welcome as well. 🙂 Thanks!

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