synesthesia (sinestetici) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

My first post... (American Gods by Neil Gaimann)

So after having belonged to this fantastic community for a little over a year now, this is the first time I've ever posted. Don't get me wrong, I read like a mad woman. Usually I devour a couple books a week. It's just that I'm rarely as moved by a book as I was by this piece of literature.

"American Gods" by Neil Gaimann is about a man named Shadow, who is chosen by an old and almost forgotten about god to help lead the rest of the old generation of gods in a revolt against the new gods of America. Basically, and I'm taking a lot of liberties here, but I felt the book really encompassed the idea that even though it's hard to kill an idea, it can still be done. Even gods eventually die. Of course there's a lot more than that, but I don't really want to divulge anything further lest I give away something from the book. It's amazing.

I originally read a couple posts from people here in the community regarding the book, and that's what originally piqued my interest. The reviews werent all that stellar, but the concept was enough to drive me forward. Parts of the book are slow, but the rest of it more than makes up in the end. My fave character is a guy named Whiskey Jack. Again, I don't want to give anything away...but I fell in love with this guy. I wish Gaimann would write at least a short story concerning his history or something.

So if you ever have a chance, please read this book. I didn't think it could ever happen, but I think I might actually enjoy it more than Neil's "The Graveyard Book", which is truly saying a lot.

Thanks...and if any of you out there have any suggestions along this same vein, would you mind listening them below?

One more thing...Im so in love with this book, I think it's only fair that I spread the wealth. So tell you what. If there is anyone out there who would like to do a book exchange with me, let me know. I would love another Gaimann book, but I'm not picky. All suggestions will be considered! :D


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