This book is one I have been wanting to read for a long time. I know of its stellar reputation, and was worried that it wouldn’t live up to it.
Yet, in true Neil Gaiman style, American Gods has more than delivered on my expectations.
American Gods narrates the brewing war between traditional religions brought over by immigrants and their slow replacement by modern ‘gods’, such as technology. It’s main protagonist, Shadow, gets hired by one of the old gods, ensnaring him in crossroads of the war. It sounds easy enough to read and almost trope-like, but somehow, Gaiman writes this easily-understandable concept into an epic-like tale. He brings to the narrative multiple ‘dead’ gods, from a whole variety of religions and beliefs around the world. He details how each were brought into America, how they were kept alive, and how they were left to die.
I’m incredibly excited to write about this book. Each character he brings into the story is laden with meaning and intention. Especially interesting is the way each belief is represented differently, how they are morphed into completely unexpected figures in the story, making them almost, ironically, human.
Intentional writing without unnecessary, honestly annoying, fillers, is fast becoming one of my favourite kinds of writing. It truly provides takeaways and value on every page. There are already so many angles, theories and arguments I can think of applying to the book.
I can’t wait to review American Gods. If you’d like to follow along with my next review, do read this book together with me!
Till then, happy reading!