Less is more. Dial down the side plots and focus more on the main story.
creative, confused, disgusted and then disappointed.
I picked this book up because I was looking for something original and creative. This book was both but I fear Mr. Gaiman may have fallen all the way down the rabbit hole, found the bottom and then started digging some more.
The book starts out relatively interesting witch great promise but then, starts to get odd. So many side story’s develop and it becomes hard to keep track of the core premise. The side plots are often very vivid which play into the reader’s interest and then turn on you in a random scene roughly 1/3 of the way through the book.
A man on a business trip to America finds himself the passenger in a cab driven by a forgotten God creating, yet another odd but unique side narrative. The situation turns south when the two men retire to a hotel room where the God/Man proceeds to rigorously engage in a graphically detailed oral sex scene where Gaiman takes the time to even describe the unusual taste of the God/man’s semen…
Overall, way too graphic in unnecessary areas, too much focus on side plots with not enough of a payoff at the end (pun intended).
I enjoyed American Gods overall, but felt like I fell in and out of interest during points of the story. The writing is great and I became invested in the main character (Shadow) while also staying intrigued by what would happen next. The overall concept of American Gods is fascinating and I'll certainly listen to Gaiman's sequel if it's written.
The full cast production was fantastic! I don't know how else to put it. Having a full cast added so much more depth to the characters and really took the book to another level for me.
The combination of the story and performance is was led me to the four star rating.
I've listen to both the original audio book and this "full cast" version. While the first is a decent production, I much prefer this full cast version. The overall narrator, Dennis Boutsikaris, does a great job and could easily have handled the entire book. It's been difficult to find an actual cast list. Daniel Oreskes as Shadow and Ron McLarty as Mr. Wednesday are great. The actor performing Mr. Nancy and Chernobog are equally as good in smaller roles.
The narrator did a good job but the story was too long with too little point. I did not like this book at all. Very disappointing.
More action. Liked the main character but you never really knew him.
The entire story.
I think I have made opinion very clear. I have read other books by this author that were not as bad.
I naturally love anything Neil Gaiman writes. I finally decided to get into American Gods and with the full cast I am glad I had this version. It started out a little slow but about two hours in I was hooked.
The concept of the book itself is so very unique.
I think it gives a feel for who the character is, I loved the voice actors for Shadow and Wednesdays especially.
21. Fantasy Nut. College Student. Food. Books. What more could you need?
All I'm going to say is that this was such a bizarre, wonderful and addicting journey with plots twists I both did and did not see coming. The cast was phenomenal as well.
This was one world I was reluctant to let go of and one that I feel even bleeds into my reality.