American Gods

by Neil Gaiman | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0380789035 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Lytante of Nürnberg, Bayern Germany on 10/29/2006
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16 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Lytante from Nürnberg, Bayern Germany on Sunday, October 29, 2006
"Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident. Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible. He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same ..."

Geht als Ring auf die Reise.

1. Wasserfall
2. Bluemchenblatt
3. Dani75
4. samulli
5. lukutuoli (Finland)
6. Niora (Finland)
7. vampirequeen (England)
8. StoryChaser (England)
9. wickedlazy (England)
10. RowanneM (Scotland)
11. harry-sougin (England)
12. verenka (Austria)
13. conto (Portugal)
14. silvia-pco (Portugal) <-- wants to be left out
15. elhamisabel
16. Fiercy
17. Tiamat-muc

Journal Entry 2 by Wasserfall from Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Tuesday, November 07, 2006
tadaaa, angekommen.
Dankeschön für's Schicken!
Und da ich gerade "Krieg und Frieden" lese und von den 1500 seiten noch nicht mal 200 geschafft habe wird es sofort eingeschoben und muss nicht noch erst in eine Warteschleife.

14.11.:
Freakig!! Interessante Idee, gut konstruiert. Am Schluss verbinden sich die gazen unterschiedlichen "Geschichtchen" zu einem Ganzen. Machmal hat mich aber die Erzähltechnik ein bisserl genervt: das spricht dann immer und eine halbe Seite später ist dann eh klar wer es ist --> es war also völlig umsonst, sich Gedanken zu machen... Naja, aber die Geschichte ist gut!


Auf dem Weg zu Bluemchenblatt nach Frankreich.

Journal Entry 3 by wingBluemchenblattwing from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Monday, November 20, 2006
Thanks for sending!

I'm curious about the differences between this work and the wonderful Good Omens, which Gaiman has written with Pratchett.

Journal Entry 4 by wingBluemchenblattwing from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Wednesday, December 06, 2006
A catchy book!

It has caught me and for several days it accompagnied me to everywhere - it was with me in the car, waiting rooms, our community's library, the kitchen, living room of our foyer - everywhere. Just waiting for the moment I could take a little break and read another paragraph. (Truth is, there was one break to this series of dragging the book along: when I read Windhaven which impressed me even more.)
Gaiman is not without reason praised: a very interesting plot, diverse characters and a topic which one can see controversally, but dealt in such a humourous way that it's "just" fiction.

Thanks for sharing, I had a lot of fun with this one.

Journal Entry 5 by wingBluemchenblattwing at by mail in Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, December 06, 2006

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Will start its way to Dani75 during the day. Have fun! =3

Journal Entry 6 by Dani75 from Rudersberg, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Friday, December 08, 2006
This arrived today and I´m really looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 7 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Monday, March 19, 2007
Arrived today. I am reading 2 other books at the moment, but since I am the last one on the list for now I hope I can take a little longer than usual with this one. Shouldn't be more than 2 weeks, though.

Journal Entry 8 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Well, this was certainly an interesting book. It took me quite a while to get into it as Gaiman's writing style is a bit too longwinded for my taste. But about halfway through the story finally really gripped me and I finished it in 2 days. For me as somebody who believes neither in any kind of god nor in any kind of afterlife, the idea of personalizing gods and taking them seriously was very entertaining, although I am not really up to date with all the mythological references. I have heard of Odin before, of course, but pretty much every other god or goddess was unknown to me, so I guess I didn't really get much of the jokes. But I did like Shadow, he was a very interesting character.

I am waiting to hear from Lytante about what to do with the book next, since I am still the last person on the list.

Journal Entry 9 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Monday, April 02, 2007
The ring has found some more participants and as of today the book is travelling to Finland.

Journal Entry 10 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, April 16, 2007
The book arrived safely today, I'll put it on the top of my TBR-books. Thanks for this bookring, Lytante, and thanks for posting Gaiman, samulli!
I'll wait for your advice, Lytante, to whom I'll post after I've read...

EDIT 21.04.2007
I had contradictory feelings while reading this - on the other hand I enjoyed the imaginative writing style of Gaiman, on the other hand I was irritated, and felt I couldn't understand anything about this! Perhaps I'm "too much on the ground" for the literature like this ?! I was a little bit disappointed that this was so similar with Anansi Boys, which was the first Gaiman I read, although I enjoyed Anansi Boys a lot.

I'll post this book next to Niora.

Journal Entry 11 by wingNiorawing from Ranco, Lombardia Italy on Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Thanks lukutuoli (and Lytante too), it's here! I'm so glad to get the opportunity to read this book - my local library and bookstores are all very bad at carrying any Gaiman titles.

Will start reading it tonight.

Journal Entry 12 by wingNiorawing from Ranco, Lombardia Italy on Saturday, May 05, 2007
Well, I just finished it. That took me rather longer than I thought it would; but not only is the book rather long, Gaiman also writes so intensively that you have to read practically every word and really concentrate in order to keep up through most of it. (And like many other readers, I still felt I didn't know quite enough about many things like various gods and mythical creatures to really get the details of the story.)

I enjoyed the book and I'm glad to have read it, but I can't help feeling that Gaiman isn't a novelist at heart really. He writes truly brilliant bits and pieces (and this novel contains quite a number of them) and can set weird and chilling moods better than almost any other writer I know, but he has real trouble creating functional large entities.

It's also funny how much I am reminded of Terry Pratchett's works while reading Gaiman (yes, I know that they know each other and wrote Good Omens together). They're not at all the same kind of writers, but they do seem to be constantly tackling the same sort of themes. TP's Small Gods particularly came to mind while reading this one.

I will mail the book to vampirequeen in the UK on Monday at the latest.

P.s. And as a silly little aside from this female reader, wheeeee what a picture of Neil on the back cover! :-)

Journal Entry 13 by wingNiorawing from Ranco, Lombardia Italy on Monday, May 07, 2007
Mailed this morning to vampirequeen in the UK, it will travel economy so it should be there sometime next week.

Journal Entry 14 by vampirequeen from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, May 13, 2007
It's here in good old Blighty now.
Had to start reading it straight away, as I do like Gaiman, only problem is you have to read every word, no good for a skim reader like me, tho does help me slow down.
I can see this will have me hooked, and I've only read 70 pages! so shouldn't be too long before I'm finished
PS have to agree with Niora he is quite cute, hadn't seen a piccy of him before.

Edit 30/5/07
Finished at weekend, very good. I can't believe I didn't get Low Key tho, and I got who Wednesday was straight away as well!
Posting off to StoryChaser today.

Journal Entry 15 by StoryChaser from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Saturday, June 02, 2007
Arrived safe and sound, thanks. Will make it my next TBR.

Journal Entry 16 by StoryChaser from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 25, 2007
Reading this book was a bit like having teeth pulled. I was gald when I had finished it. I kept waiting for some great revelation; something to explain the whole thing. Maybe I'm missing the point.
Anyway, thanks for letting me have the chance to read it. Posting off to wickedlazy tody.

Journal Entry 17 by wickedlazy from Wickford, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Safely received today, thanks

Journal Entry 18 by wickedlazy from Wickford, Essex United Kingdom on Friday, July 13, 2007
gods, that took a long time to finish - as others have said you have to read every single word and I struggled to find the time to really get into the book.

This is the second time I've read it - when I can be bothered I'll find a link to the review I did the first time round ;) First time I read it I googled a lot to read up about the various gods and goddesses referred to here. I must say it made the second reading a lot more interesting. Laura's charater seemed suddenly more important this time as well - essential really, whereas before I thought she was a bit superfluous - I liked her better this time too. I thought Wednesday and Czernobog made a great team, and I loved the way Shadow seemed to grow after the vigil. I'd probably read this a third time.

I think I have RowanneM's address somewhere and I'll post the book sometime soon.


Ok here's the link to my other review if anyone is interested :D
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4169498



****24 July 2007**** Sent to RowanneM today

Journal Entry 19 by RowanneM on Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Recieved in the mail today, will be next on my list to read...

5th October - finished, took me a while to get into but a great book... I did read Anansi Boys fisrt though so it was a little in reverse... have Pm'd the next person on the list and will get this book in the post as soon as the current postal strike is over.

Journal Entry 20 by harry-sougin on Tuesday, October 30, 2007
recieved this book yesterday with thanks!

Journal Entry 21 by harry-sougin on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Finally read this book and sent to Varenka on 18/4/08

Journal Entry 22 by verenka from Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Friday, April 25, 2008
The book arrived in the mail yesterday. I'm looking forrward to it!

Journal Entry 23 by verenka from Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Monday, May 05, 2008
I loved Neil Gaiman's writing style and his choice of words:
"a suit the colour of melted vanilla ice cream"
"chicago started slowly like a migraine"
These metaphors are so great :-)

I was confused by the story more than once and I didn't recognise many of the gods. I'm not particularly well informed as far as religion is concerned. A very interesting, well written book with an unusual storyline. I think I'll want to read it again at some point in the not too distant future and try to understand it better, maybe look up some words.

I'll send it on to conto as soon as they send me their address!

Journal Entry 24 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Monday, June 02, 2008
And here it is with me now!
Still have another one to get through first, but this will be next.

Thanks a lot Verenka, for sending it along. ;-)

Journal Entry 25 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Saturday, July 05, 2008
And I finished it! I'm sorry for the long time doing so (I bore even myself, being so slow these days!).

I liked this book a lot and what I didn't like I blame my slowlyness... in the end I was tired of it, wishing it to end so I could move to another book (I'm not such a slow reader usually) :-/

I loved the idea of the Gods existing while there's someone who believes in them (and the huge room with all the statues of the forgotten gods is just brilliant), as well as of their migration with the people's migrations. The description of the Gods' characters is just perfect: rude and manipulative when they should be so, and kind of empty and shallow when it should be so as well. That's just great!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this, Lytante!

I've already sent 2 PMs to the next one on the list but there was no answer till now. If I don't get an address I'll PM you and ask for your data so I'll be able to get it back home to you, ok?

Journal Entry 26 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Sunday, July 20, 2008
Great! Going out to elhamisabel sometime next week!
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28-07-2008: Only could make it to the post office today... I'm so sorry!

Journal Entry 27 by elhamisabel from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Monday, August 04, 2008
Arrived today. Thank you!
I might not be able to finish it very quicky as I received another ring book along with this one.

Journal Entry 28 by elhamisabel from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Friday, August 15, 2008
I did not finish this book. In fact, I didn't manage to get beyond the first 60 or so pages. For the past 10 days I've unsuccessfully tried to enjoy it but I couldn't. I found it readable and all that but I was just not in the mood for it. Nothing to do with the book itself.
So I already contacted and sent off the book to the next reader.

Journal Entry 29 by Fiercy from Ulm, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Das Buch ist gestern angekommen, vielen Dank!

Journal Entry 30 by Lytante from Nürnberg, Bayern Germany on Thursday, November 05, 2009
After six countries and 15 readers this book seems to be lost. :(

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