6 journalers for this copy...
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...
...ok, well that wasn't very helpful. The basic plot of the story is this: Every deity or higher power that mankind has ever believed in was actually real. Now man has become materialistic and jaded, and they've chosen new gods to worship. The Old Gods want a piece of the action, but first they have to wage war against the American Gods.
It's a very good book, one that will make you think long after you're finished reading. Pretty much like anything Neil Gaiman has written.
My first book release! I think it's a good thing I don't have any kids... if it's this hard to let a book go, I'd be a basket case on their first day of school.
I got a bit sidetracked in the middle of reading this one, but I am almost done. I am sending this to oh-jeez-tower as a continuation of this PIF/RABCK kayters sent me.
Didn't quite live up to what I expected after having read "Good Omens." I was very interested for the first part of the book, but then about halfway through I couldn't read much of it at a time since it didn't hold my attention as much.
As reassurance, I want to mention that I will be continuing the chain of Random Acts of BookCrossing Kindness. As detailed, I will send three books of my own to other BookCrossers, inviting them to pass along the favor.
I'd also like to mention that this book has come back to Omaha, the city where it was registered by notbob. Okay, so I don't exactly live in Omaha, but I'm only a half an hour away.
I can't explain it exactly, but I think it just comes down to Gaiman's writing style. There were some parts of this book that were truly magnificent in content, but these parts just led me to expect more. At times, when I was reading with more pretenses, the story felt utterly immature.
And what is the story? A brawny ex-convict meets a Norse mythological figure who's organizing a group of the "old gods" to fight the "new gods," with America as their battlefield. Shadow, this man, is an utterly mundane protagonist, and I got tired of every woman in the book falling for him.
My suggestion is to read it while listening to this Tom Waits album: Rain Dogs. It fits well, and the author even quotes one of the songs from the disc.
Oh, and in the acknowledgements, look for the mention of "Mrs. Hawley." She's the one that wants to keep the ghosts in her Irish house. Well, you may be interested to know that this refers to Tori Amos, my favorite of musicians. Tori Amos and Neil Gaiman are good friends. Tori Amos is an American who lives in Britain (with her British husband, Mr. Hawley), and Neil Gaiman is a British fellow who lives in the United States.
And, to complete the circle, Tori Amos features a Tom Waits cover on one of her CDs.
In conclusion, I hope a receptive Omahan will get this. Good luck, book.
i must say, i am utterly amazed by this book. the amount of research neil gaiman must have put into writing it is just phenomenal.
i'm studying world religions at school, so american gods was right up my alley, subject-wise, and i was impressed by the range and scope covered in the novel's content.
reading this made me realize two things: 1) gaiman is either completely insane or a total genius [perhaps some of both?]; and 2) i need to do more reading on norse myths.
i'm passing this on to a friend from school who's expressed interest in reading it. godspeed!
All I can say is, feh. Interesting, but not groundbreaking. Didn't change my life. It was a quick read, but the first 100 pages or so was maddeningly boring to me. Maybe it would be better if I read it sans-flu, but I don't think I'll do that.
I'm dropping this off at my favorite coffee shop in Omaha, the Blue Line, at 50th and Underwood. It'll be underneath the coffee beans.
I'm a little bit older and wiser since the last time I read it... let's see what I think of it the second time around.
I'm going to put the book back where I found it on the crossing zone shelf at the Blue Line.