Series: American Gods #1
Published by William Morrow Impulse on June 19, 2001
Source: Owned Audible Book, Read in 2014
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.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You'll be surprised by what and who it finds there...
This is the author's preferred text, never before published in the UK, and is about 12,000 words longer than the previous UK edition.
This was our second Neil Gaiman read- the first being Stardust. I was surprised when book club member Kimberly picked American Gods, since she was among the members that hadn’t liked Stardust (although we all loved the movie), but she was willing to give him another chance and had heard good things about AG. But once again, Gaiman seems to split our group. Some of the members find his style to be too fanciful and non-linear.
Personally, that’s exactly why I like Neil Gaiman. I am all about the fanciful and non-linear, especially heaped with the strangeness that only Gaiman can bring.
American Gods is an epic novel. Even those in book club who didn’t love the book liked the concept of the story- the idea of all these gods brought over to America by immigrants (old and new) and fighting what is essentially a turf war. I love mythology, but I pretty much had my ass handed to me, since there are so many gods I hadn’t heard of before. I am in awe of Gaiman’s research skills! Our discussion was a good one since we were so split down the middle.
I listened to the book on my Audible app, and it was narrated fantastically! American Gods was a bit longer than are usual book choices, and definitely (delightfully) weirder than most our reads. I found it violent and beautiful and heartbreaking and funny. I would love to read more about Shadow, and I can officially call myself a Neil Gaiman fan (although, again, I can’t speak for my whole book club). 😉
American Gods gets a Midnight Book Rating of: