Book: American Gods

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I stumbled across this book whilst wandering around aimlessly in a department store. I’m aware of the TV series but have not yet seen it. It’s better to read the source material first, anyway. And what a find this novel was. Supernatural beings grifting through everyday society. Gods degrading themselves and others. Pettiness. Jealousies. Heavy drinking and smoking. Not exactly role models. More than once I laughed at the All Father’s curmudgeonly behavior and tête-à-têtes with our hero ‘Shadow’. I got completely absorbed by Neil Gaimon’s supernatural thriller. Hold up a moment. I’m gonna relabel this. It’s a supernatural farce. Seriously. But it is a damn excellent read. And I’m a little sad I’ve reached the end of it. 5 stars.

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One thought on “Book: American Gods

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with your review except on one point; I don’t think you can use the word farce to describe this novel. There is definitely humor present and the pace doesn’t quite match that of a thriller at times, but a farce typically is built upon the back of parody rather than trying to explore an idea; in this case the idea was beliefs and gods being tangible and coming to America in the hearts and minds of immigrants. Glad to see another person who enjoyed the novel; I have seen some reviews give it less considerations due to the meandering nature of the narrative.

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