39/100 Books: AMERICAN GODS

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AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman

What the heck is it about? Here’s the Goodreads summary:

Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

My rating: 5/5 stars

This is a fantastic read, but one you kinda have to settle into. Shadow is a main character who doesn’t entirely know himself in the beginning of his journey, so I found it a little difficult to connect with him. But the rich world full of gods–old and new–drew me in.

Gaiman is a master storyteller, and he weaves his story in and out of settings so vivid you feel like you’ve been there after. His account of Rock City in Lookout Mountain is particularly spot-on. After I read it, I just sat back and stared into the middle distance for a while, trying to absorb how a few paragraphs could so completely encompass a place.

Check this one out if you want a nice long read to sink your teeth into.

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