This is still good, my guilty pleasure o have spent hundreds of hours listening o this one book over and over. Sure it has its shortcomings in terms of Native American representation but at least there are three native characters.
Less focus on descriptive gore. Do away with the hollow cardboard main character development that was so tedious and instead turn him into an item of interest. A big dumb silent guy stuck in some sort of unexplained miasma does't resonate.
Back to scientific reading.
The narrators were very good given the task they were presented with.
The main character as presented.
I must admit the book left me perplexed and stirred, which was probably the author's objective. But in the end, for me at least, there was little plot development nor plot resolution- just a thick grey question mark left after so many hours spent listening to this thicket of non-plot. However, there was some explanatory value in teaching the audience the origin of many theistic myths, especially the age-old Guy Hanging on the Tree mythos, which in its present form, is represented by Christianity.
The best thing I like about this story is the reality of the places that Shadow finds himself across America and diversity of the gods that are featured in the book. Gaiman definitely did a bunch of research on various cultural myths. It was very interesting to hear about gods and cultures that I did not previously know about.
This edition of American Gods is fantastic. There are a good amount of characters from a lot of different countries and times, but the actors created a world where it was easy to lose myself in an America that I have never known.
While it is not possible for me to read this book all in one sitting, given its length, I read it as often as possible. The book comes in varying waves of interesting stories and Shadow is a strong, but lovable character that I cared about.
Neil Gaiman made a great world in American Gods. It brought multiple cultures and myths together in the modern age. His invention of the American gods was ingenious, though I was skeptical about how he would present gods in a modern America. I really appreciated the stories in between the current struggle that Shadow finds himself. Those short stories could be evolved into their own novels. This is a novel that I will be returning to more than once.
The collection of narrators is perfect. the story is fantastic and the background is rich. I loved this book. In fact, I want a sequel. I doubt it'll happen but a girl can dream.