I made the mistake of trusting all the great reviews. This book was meandering and just weird. Couldn't get to the half way point.
I live in Columbia Maryland not Columbia Moldova! I haven't turned into a Groucho Marx character yet.
Yes I would admit I love this novel. I don't agree with the author's main thesis that roadside attractions are America's most sacred places but I found the promise that Gods and Goddesses are only as real as the faith of those who believe in them irresistible.
I also became reacquainted with the fact that most of our sacred holidays originate from Nordic or Greco-Roman festivities which in there turn are borrowed from older civilizations.
This is thickly textured book and I'll admit I didn't understand all the metaphors and similes and esoteric meanings. On the other hand what I did enjoy was worth the read. Anyone who likes Joseph Campbell's works or mythology in general will probably get a kick out of this novel. I recommend you read it.
I must have been living under a rock for this story to only hit my radar this year. What a fantastic and epic story with an absolute first class full cast narrative team. A spectacular reimagining of mythology that hooked me from the first.
Big fan of listening to books of all shapes and sizes. Primarily: sci fi, fantasy, nonfiction in human services, buddhism, and classics.
Diverse. Gritty. Gorgeous. Diverse cast of characters equally portrayed with skill. Gritty story with gritty, imaginative moments. With a truly gorgeous narrative that oddly honors the diversity of America.
Yes. It was truly hard to let it go. Definitely spent a few extra moments in the drive way trying to squeeze out another moment to a decent stopping point.
I know this is probably blasphemy, but it was hard for this story to keep my attention. The full cast took a bit getting use to, and sometimes the dialogue and descriptions stretched on so long my mind would drift. I had a hard time getting invested in any of the characters, maybe because Shadow was so apathetic and placid the whole time. I can see why people would possibly really like this book, it just wasn't for me.
It's truly an amazing book... The story, the cast...AND the inclusion of the authors voice reading the interludes and preface/postscript. I'd listen to this over And over! Definilyy in the top of all the books I've ever listened to.
Oh gosh, how can I choose?
I liked Wednesday but I also loved hearing Neil gaimans voice as well.
Loved it! Definitely there was laughter and a lot of deep thinking.