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American Gods

57 Ratings: 3.5
An urban fantasy tale by Neil Gaiman, with an introspective look to mythology and American culture.

American Godsis Neil Gaiman's best and most ambitious novel yet, a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit. Gaiman tackles everything from the onslaught of the information age to … see full wiki

Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Date Published: September 2, 2003
13 reviews about American Gods
review by . July 02, 2010
This novel by Gaiman is my absolute favorite of his. The main character, Shadow, starts out kind of neutral, and a bit non-emotional. You start to realize as you read however, that he is you. perhaps a little more calm, a little more cynical, but for all intents and purposes, what else could you do in these situations but go along with them, much like he does.      "American Gods" begins with an upsetting situation for Shadow, but things start to look up (or at least …
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Neil Gaiman's best novel. Very much feels like The Sandman.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
this is pretty good, y'all. gaiman's more traditional novels are the bomb diggity.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Alright enough.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
This was well-written, though not really my cup of tea. I tried to like it because a friend recommended it, but I just couldn't.
Quick Tip by . May 26, 2010
Who knew it would take an Englishman to truly understand America?!
review by . January 06, 2010
The premise is brilliant: America, the immigrant nation, where old Gods had to be imported by the poor huddled masses because there were none already here, finds it has grown new Gods after all - styled after the new Americans' "worship" of their gadgets, media and consumerist lifestyle. The people now *consume* their idols: in the old days, the idols demanded it was the other way around - that was the sustenance of the Gods, and consequently we find the old Gods now worn out, power weakening, in …
review by . November 29, 2009
Pros: Interesting idea.     Cons: Takes forever, book blurb is hugely misleading     The Bottom Line: Though I can see why other people like it, I was very far from impressed.     I love Coraline.  I love Mirrormask.  I love Neil Gaiman's weirdness and unique ideas.  So finally I decided I should read some of his adult work since I am, after all, an adult.  So I picked up American Gods from the library and read it.   &nbs …
review by . February 26, 2009
American Gods, Urban Fantasy by Neil Gaiman
I'll admit that urban fantasy is a genre with a particular amount of interest to me. I write in my free time, and a fair amount of my work is in this strange genre. However, I have to admit, a lot of my inspiration in this genre came from reading this book. Not to mention a fair amount of knowledge on Mythology and a new appreciation/view for American culture.    American Gods tells the unlikely tale of a recently released convict by the name of Shadow, who was let out of prison …
review by . May 11, 2006
Some fantasies are impossible to classify, and are almost impossible to review. "American Gods" is one of them. Zelazny's "Lord of Light" is a story of a 'gods versus gods' war, and so is this book. But in Gaiman's book, everyone is either a god, an unusually decent American, a serial killer disguised as a decent American, or a wife who returns from the dead. The only gods who don't show up are Big J and his only begotten Son. My favorite characters are the Egyptian deities who run a funeral home …
review by . January 06, 2005
Some fantasies are impossible to classify, and are almost impossible to review. "American Gods" is one of them. Zelazny's "Lord of Light" is a story of a 'gods versus gods' war, and so is this book. But in Gaiman's book, everyone is either a god, an unusually decent American, a serial killer disguised as a decent American, or a wife who returns from the dead. The only gods who don't show up are Big J and his only begotten Son. My favorite characters are the Egyptian deities who run a funeral home …
review by . January 02, 2004
Quite honestly, I am not sure. Gaiman's premise sparks with imagination---as I am unfamiliar with most of the writers that he thanks in his Acknowledgements---as to whether or not it is his own imagination or that of others, I am not sure. The main character, ex-con,Shadow, seems like a nice enough guy who reads Heroditus and has garnered quite a few other literary allusions even though we are told that his education is basic. On the eve of his release from prison, he discovers his wife has died …
review by . November 06, 2002
This book seems to have everything: old "gods" fighting new "gods", the dead walking, animals that talk, temporal displacement, eerie dreams, etc.. It sounds all quite confusing, and in the hands of a writer with a lesser talent, it certainly could be. This author, however, takes firm hold of his plot, and moves it along swiftly. It's a tale that reveals the fate of "gods" whose followers stop believing in them. They are forgotten, but they don't just disappear. They take mundane jobs, becoming …
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