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This is a great book, crossing-over between US road trip, fantastical realism, immortals with human failings, and a war-to-end-all-wars between old Gods and new American Gods. A brilliant idea. There's even a very personal story for the released convict Shadow, as he comes to terms with death and betrayal, and in the end finds out who he is and begins to be alive; I can see you all flicking back to an early prison conversation,
"Call no man happy until he is dead" (Herodotus) - I did!
Most of the plot defies summary, and NG needs all of the 620-odd pages to set up the story and tie all the loose ends together. In essence, we have a lot of gods & mythical beings walking around modern America brought over in the thoughts & rituals of all its immigrants, from the first Siberian Indians crossing the land link to Alaska, through Vikings, Africans, Irish (piskies, leprechauns etc.), Asians, even Greeks and their ancient pantheon of deities. But the real stars - or should I say villains - are Odin & Loki, but I won’t say any more than that. The only ciritcism, which isn't really Gaiman's fault, is that there is too much information & allusion, and I felt that missed some of the plot lines & subtleties because of my lack of knowledge.
Picked up at our first Ipswich meet-up, and a fine occasion it was too :)
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