I read American Gods for two reasons. One I LOVE Neil Gaiman, he has become one of my favorite authors in such a short time it amazes even me! And two, I’m watching the TV Show, and there hasn’t been a new episode in more than a year. So I’m starving for it. So I decided to read the book, and it was worth reading the 750-pages book.
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First things first let me summarize the book for you:
This is the story of Shadow, who just got out of prison and the same day learns that his wife just died… Bad day for the guy, and then he meets a peculiar guy in the plane who offers him a job. Of course, Shadow turns him down and goes on his merry way to his wife’s funeral. But the man, who calls himself Wednesday, keeps showing up along his journey. Shadow finally caves in and starts working with him. That’s when the weird stuff starts happening, and his quiet life from before seems like a dream to him.
Then the review:
The first thing I had to say here is that having seen the first season of the show and being a huge fan of mythology. I either already knew what happened, or I could guess it at least up until the middle of the book.
Even though I started reading the book because of the show, I found that as it hadn’t been that faithful to the order of the book. Most of what happens in the book aren’t really what happens in the show. I went from surprise to surprise all through the chapters and the book.
As I said before, I’m a huge fan of mythology. What I like most about the book is that it used more unknown mythologies and gods than any other book. Mostly, for almost anyone, mythology is just Greek and Roman. But here we have the Norse mythology that is the most prevalent one, and I liked that.
Should you read it?
In conclusion, I would recommend this book to anyone! Because even though it’s the third Neil Gaiman book that I’ve read, it’s the one I’ve enjoyed the most so far. So go ahead and read it! And if you want you can go check out the TV Show, the first season is out and the second one starts on March 10th in the US, you can click here for a preview!