Cherish, March 7, 2012 (view all comments by Cherish)
The story refreshing, certainly not something you see everyday, and enjoyable. The way Gaiman portrays the gods in this book is interesting - old gods trying to fit in in the modern world, mythical characters come alive and are reinterpreted in delightful ways, and, while they are all gods, there is a human element to some of them that makes their stories delightful to read (thinking particularly about Ibis and Jacquel). There is no doubt that Gaiman is one of the great science fiction writers of the time, and he proves this in American Gods. My only minor complaint is that the main character himself doesn't seem very fleshed out, kind of two dimensional.
expectdelays, June 2, 2010 (view all comments by expectdelays)
I love reading this book, not just the first time but every time since as well. I sometimes open it to a random page for a quick dose of excellent prose, fascinating characters, and masterful storytelling.
"American Gods" approaches the same theme of Douglas Adams' "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" and Tom Robbins' "Jitterbug Perfume": the fates of gods when men abandon them. These three remarkable works describe divinities whose actual presence in our world originates with and depends on man's belief in them. As belief in them wanes so do they. How gods and men react to this is, in the hands of each of these authors, simply riveting.
Gaiman populates his novel with deities from an astonishing range of time and beliefs without presenting a catalog of pantheons. While most of them appear only briefly or are mentioned in passing, Gaiman's gives them all an intriguing immediacy. As he depicts the main characters briefly interacting with various gods I had repeated moments of "oh, I know who that is," that can I only describe as, well, primal.
This was my first experience reading a full-length piece by Gaiman and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys excellent writing.
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Leslie Joseph, August 13, 2008 (view all comments by Leslie Joseph)
This book is amazing. It's quite long, but has kept my attention the entire way through. I love how Gaiman wraps up every loose thread before the story comes to a close. Highly recommended!
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Mike Halcomb, May 21, 2007 (view all comments by Mike Halcomb)
American Gods is unlike any other book I had ever read. It is at the same time scary, funny, and thrilling. I found the main character, Shadow, to be one of the most interesting characters I have ever been introduced to in modern fiction. I highly recommend this book.
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William Morrow -
by Jane Lindskold, author of Changer,
"American Gods is like a fast run downhill through a maze — both exhilarating and twisted. In it, Gaiman introduces a world where the dead past is all too alive, where gods struggle to keep a toehold on existence, and where reality's backstage is only a carousel ride away."
by William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and Pattern Recognition,
"Neil Gaiman, a writer of rare perception and endless imagination...is...an American treasure."
by Diana Gabaldon,
"Gaiman slithers his snakily poetic way through the labyrinth of the human soul."
by Teller, of Penn and Teller,
"American Gods is sexy, thrilling, dark, funny and poetic."
by Tim Powers, author of Declare,
"A magical modern Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — this book will astonish you on ever page."
by Peter Straub, co-author of Black House,
"Here we have...a real emotional richness and grandeur that emerge from masterful storytelling."
by Kera Bolonik, The New York Times Book Review,
"[A] noirish sci-fi road trip....[Gaiman] has a deft hand with the mythologies he tinkers with here; even better, he's a fine, droll storyteller."
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