7 Apr

I am probably the only person on planet Earth who did not like this book. I certainly didn’t like the vulgarity which I found to be unnecessary, nor could I connect with any of the characters.

This book attempts to tell of mythological Gods who come to America through the power of believers. They are here disguised as humans. One in particular, Odin, better known in this book as Mr. Wednesday. For those not familiar with Norse Mythology, Odin is or was, depending on your point of view, the chief of the Aesir tribe of deities in the Kingdom of Asgard: seeker and giver of wisdom. These so-called Gods, through Mr. Wednesday (Odin), latch on to a mortal by the name of Shadow, who is called upon to assist in saving all of them from an impending “storm”. Shadow, by the way, has his own problems – having just been released from prison.

I tried to read this book a few years ago. ‘Tried’ being the operative word. This was my second attempt. Couldn’t finish it this time either. I found it to be mind-numbing and sedating. And, to say that the plots (and there are many) are confusing, would be a gross understatement. Personally, I just don’t get all the hype about this author. Yes, I like some of his YA books, but this ‘adult’ tome is disappointing. I read enough to know that I have zero interest in finishing it.

HarperCollins 2003 soft cover - Fantasy  588 pages without Acknowledgements or the Reading Group Guide that includes an Interview with Neil Gaiman

HarperCollins 2003
soft cover – Fantasy
588 pages without Acknowledgements or the Reading Group Guide that includes an Interview with Neil Gaiman



One Response to “AMERICAN GODS”

  1. FictionFan April 7, 2014 at 8:59 p04 #

    I recently read my first ever Neil Gaiman short story, Down to a Sunless Sea, and loved it. As a result of some of the comments on my review, I then read another and hated it – and mainly because of the vulgarity and general sleaziness of it. I guess he’s…variable! Think I’ll give this one a miss – thanks for the review. 🙂

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