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A sprawling but compelling read.,
This review is from: American Gods (Paperback)
At 628 pages, 'American Gods' is a giant jellybean bag of a book with a tendency to sprawl all over the place. The premise of the book is fascinating: Every wave of settlers to America brought their own Gods with them, and when belief in these Gods died, the Gods lived on, making a living as best as they can. Shadow, a released convict, finds himself a pawn in a game played by the mightiest of the Norse pantheon, Mr Wednesday. He finds himself being dragged all over the USA, meeting the surviving Gods living in reduced circumstances, as Mr Wednesday tries to gather them all together to fight the new Gods of the Internet, the motor vehicle, and the rest of modern technology. Sadly, the end is a little anti-climatic. The apocalyptic war that is promised throughout the book peters out with a whimper rather than a bang. However, if the end disappoints, the telling of the story doesn't. Gaiman takes the reader on a fascinating journey, with loads of interesting asides that add to the narrative rather than deflect from it. The writing is both vivid and elusive. Gaiman is a one-off original. I'm off to check his other writings.