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American Gods by Neil Gaiman (10)

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 28, 2017)
  • ISBN: 9780062572233

Now a STARZ® Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber.
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.


 He makes things up and writes them down. Which takes us from comics, (like SANDMAN) to novels, (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories, (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies, (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or his own short film, A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).
In his spare time he reads, sleep, eats and tries to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.

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My review for short story, How To Talk To Girls At Parties
My review for The Ocean at the End of the Lane
My review for The Last Temptation
My review for Trigger Warning
My review for Stardust

REVIEW:
What a story!!
Shadow is one helluva character! He is real, gritty, strong and fearless. Reading about him and the others was a great adventure. So many times I thought Shadow was gonna be a goner, but he managed to mingle his way through each hard task put before him.
All the 'Gods' in the story made for an interesting read too, though Shadow really did take the cake there. The 'Gods' all presented these scenarios to Shadow and he had to walk through each one. Every step was harder than the last, right up to the end.
I did feel lost once, in the middle of the story, but it was gone quickly and I picked it all up again and things progressed. There was just a lot of bouncing around at one point, and it was harder to keep track of all that was happening.
Like I said, that was short-lived though, and I was at the end of the story wishing for more in no time. Seriously. Where it ended, you either have to leave it to the imagination or pray for more! I know more won't be coming, so I have in mind that Shadow stayed with Czernobog and the ladies and made a place with them. 
As you see, I'm invested in this tale. If you read it, you'll be invested too. 
I am watching the tv adaption now. I'll let you know later how I think that compares so we can discuss it.You need to watch it to though!


4/5


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Comments

  1. I really want to read this. And watch the tv show of course!

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  2. I've started to read this now, and of course I'm watching it on telly at the same time... trying hard to read faster to get ahead of the series... but it's such a long book! lol

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  3. It sounds like a good investment of time! Will be curious how the show is too!

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  4. I finished reading American Gods earlier this week. I'll be writing a review on it soon on my blog.

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  5. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! It is so unusual and fascinating. I'm hoping to get a chance to watch the show at some point too.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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  6. This sounds so good! I'm going to start the book soon, myself!

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