One of the best. I'm not sure I want a sequel. This should stand as a single entity, it does not need to go further. Unless it does do in my mind and imagination.
I first read American Gods years ago. My connection to the story, its themes, and myriad possibilities was immediate. It is undoubtedly a brilliant work of fiction that never fails to draw on the readers' interest and imagination.
I find it quite funny and quirky and yet thought provoking in unexpectedly sobering moments. It's a fun road trip through America and also through the even more vast landscapes of the author's dreams.
Every time I read American Gods, or listen to it, I find myself wanting more and more. This isn't just a great adventure, but also a great escape and vacation!
Until next time...
There are tons of really great books out there that I have read recently, the Iron Druid Chronicles, Monster Hunter International, that seems to take a lot from American Gods. Even though I read this book after I've read all of those, and knowing that this was actually written first, you can tell that those other authors were influenced by this concept. The gods are created by faith in them. I recommend this book and any other book by Neil Gaiman.
The main reason for my lower rating is the fact I kept waiting for explanations on some of the story lines and they just never came. The premise was promising. The narration was great. The unanswered questions and poorly explained plot left me a bit disappointed.
American gods is one of those books that teach you something indescribable yet profound. If you have never read Neil before this is a good place to start. And full cast. Simply wonderful.
As a race we humans find ourselves creating powers greater than humanity in order to feel secure and safe. Whether evil or good we believe in that greater power because we have defined it and we understand it in its entirety. Gaiman gives us a metastory. What if the gods we created had their own agenda beyond us. What do gods fear? Excellent book and reading.