10 August, 2017


Title: American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
Series: American Gods #1
Genres: Horror, Fiction, Urban, Contemporary
Publisher: William Morrow
Release: June 21, 2011
Source: Paperback
Pages: 653

// Goodreads /

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday's bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies...and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing - an epic war for the very soul of America - and that he is standing squarely in its path.

EXPECTATIONS:  This book was recommended to me by one of my course mates during my Master Degree, when he and I started discussing books. He said if I love history, mythology, fiction, horror and just good literature I will love it. I have to admit first time after reading it I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. But after audiobooking it again, I did enjoy it much much much more than the first time!

THE WORLD: The world is pretty much as we know it, and then so different. Out main character lives in the normal world, with normal problems and issues and tragedy. But little does he know that there is another world filled with Gods and magic and all you need to do is get a job as a bodyguard!

CHARACTERS: The story follows a man named Shadow Moon (love the name), who when we meet him is about to be released from prison to attend his wife’s funeral. During his travel back home he meets an add fellow who seems to know a lot about him and just stuff in general and offers him a job. I like Shadow; he was silent, kept to himself. What I liked about him the most was that he did the right thing. He find out something horrible when he gets back to the funeral, he still pushes through and does the right thing. He never allows himself to harm a weaker or vulnerable person just because he’s mad or annoyed. And also, he had the courage to accept what was happening to him.

Another character I liked – Wednesday! He was so funny, had by far the best line in the book and just the vibe of how he carried himself in the book! Like he was The God!

Characters I didn’t like – Laura, Shadow’s wife was …. Ok. I did like the old Gods, he Nordic ones, the Slavic ones. I found then hilarious and amazing! I disliked Technical Boy! I just wanted to punch him repeatedly!

ROMANCE: Shadow still lived with this undying love for Laura. She loved him too. But honestly, love or romance is not what this book is about at all!

GOOD: The idea itself! And I agree 100% with it! We do sometimes let the old ways we were raised go and give ourselves entirely to the new generation, to the new world. Which I agree with, person should evolve, people should work for better, but I think at the same time not forget or more not confuse religion with things you can’t live without. I liked that this book showed us how slowly technologies and TV and everything, becomes our new Gods.

BAD: It was to my mind a little slow at times.

OVERALL: For sure! Yes! Go and read this book!!!!

What do you think about AMERICAN GODS?



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