I had heard a lot about Neil Gaiman’s books (Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, etc.) but ‘American Gods’ was my first. And boy, what a book! I don’t know if this book is like a staple Gaiman tome, but if it is, then I’m going to pick up all his other books pretty soon!
It’s the 21st century and the world is overrun with new Gods – the internet, the TV, bullet trains and super-fast highways. So where does that leave the old Gods, the Gods of myths and lore, the Greek, Nordic, Viking and Indian Gods? Well, they are also here, almost forgotten and un-worshipped. Enter our hero, Shadow. A mere mortal, but one who is soon pursued by both Gods, old and new, and he must choose sides before the impending war!
Which side does Shadow pick? What does he learn during this fantastical journey, who does he meet and how that changes his life – all that and more is answered in a fitting way by Gaiman in ‘American Gods’.
I loved the writing. The imagery, the characters – it teases one to think and put things together instead of giving it all out in one shot. It’s not a fast-paced read (at least, not for me. Not this time. I must be getting old. Dammit.) but it has its moments of pure genius in terms of surprises and twists! One thing though – you have to start with an open mind. You have to believe.
So if you think you’re capable of believing, well, what are you waiting for! Shadow is waiting for you!