American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I haven’t written a book review in forever. If I’m honest, trying to write a review that sticks to recommended guidelines etc seemed too much like hardwork. I’ve been reading a lot, and loving books, but I just haven’t wanted to write a review (even though I’ve wanted to tell people what I thought of the books). Having thought about it I decided that I’m just going to write my reviews however I want. I don’t get paid to do this, there probably isn’t anyone reading this blog, so I’m just going to write what I think and post it. At the very least I’ll have a record of what I thought of a book.
So, my first review in a long time, is on American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

This isn’t a book that I would have chosen to read, in fact I only read it because it was the book for June in an online bookclub I’m in. It didn’t appeal to me, I live in England and as much as I enjoy reading books based in America, I expected this to be about the history of America etc. It isn’t. It’s predominantly set in the present and it covers mythology from a huge number of countries, cultures and religions. I absolutely loved it and was completely absorbed by it. In fact I want to read it again, unfortunately the library won’t let me renew the lending because it’s got reservations. It will definitely be something that I come back to and read again.

It’s long, and there are lots of characters. I think that the next time I read the book I might have a little notepad and pen so I can note down the character names and descriptions, this will make it easier to remember who a person is when they come back into the story later in the book. It will also allow me to research the god or myth that they represent.  

I really liked the character of Shadow and was rooting for him throughout, and I enjoyed how things unfolded in the book. The version of the book I had also included a short novella linked to the book, Questions and Answers with the author, an essay by the author, and questions for a bookclub, all of which were very interesting to read and added to the quality and enjoyment of the book.

I did not know that there was a TV show based on the book until after I started reading. I’m a little hesitant to watch the show simply because I enjoyed the book so much and I don’t want it to be ruined.

This is a book that I would highly recommend, and an author that I am going to look into more. I was surprised to see that he is from England and not America, although I obviously can’t guarantee that I would think the same if I lived in any of the locations from the book.

Definitely on my ‘to read again’ list, which isn’t that long (unfortunately my ‘to read’ list is very long) and one that I look forward to revisiting.