When I first read Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, I was stunned by how much I liked it. I was just plain blown away. How could that be? I’ve never been one for ghost stories or vampires or anything smacking of woo-woo. I don’t know how I was taken in, but I’ve now read that book three times! When asked if I’d participate in a book tour for the Tenth Anniversary of American Gods, you bet I said, Yes!
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; The Tenth Anniversary Edition
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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 Shadowís 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 Wednesdayís 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 brewingóan epic war for the very soul of Americaóand that he is standing squarely in its path.
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About Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
All through this story I kept shaking my head and saying. “Neil Gaiman is an Amazing Storyteller!” I said this with various degrees of emphasis on Amazing. He created this mix of mythology and fantasy with a strong message. He made me, this non-myth and fantasy reader, believe it all.
There were so many things I loved about this novel. Here are just a few:
- Shadow, the main character, had my sympathy at first and then my admiration. He is a modern hero, flaws and all.
- Meeting all the other characters – the immigrants and the ancient gods and learning their beliefs.
- The Road Trip around America!
- How much the book made me think – really think – about what we consider “gods” in modern America. Can it really be social media? Its all those things we worship. Some people are going t think this is a book about modern politics, but keep in mind this was written over ten years ago.
I don’t have the Starz channel so I wasn’t able go see the TV series. However, I did listen to the audiobook which was superb. It was a full cast of actors including Ron McLarty and Daniel Orekes. I highly recommend listening to this book.
P.S. I do have one caution: American Gods is not a children’s book. There are plenty of f-words and other adult content here. I didn’t mind it as it fit the story, but I’m letting you know in case this bothers you.