“American Gods” By Neil Gaiman – A book review

GREETINGS TO ALL FROM MALICE-CORP.COMWell the wait is over and I have finished off “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman. This book was ambitious from the start. With the new upcoming STARS television show based on this book it is back on the minds of many people. Briefly – because you know I hate spoilers – the book follows our “hero” on his trip of discovery about the hidden world of belief and all the hodge-podge of Gods that litter the American countryside as the old fights with the new for survival. I hope I didn’t give away too much with that but unfortunately I probably already did.

My thoughts on “American Gods” By Neil Gaiman

Well some of you may know I did an earlier review on Neil Gaiman’s book “Norse Mythology” and absolutely loved it. Well not so much here on this one. I wouldn’t say I hate this book because I didn’t – I just got bored with it easy. Mostly I think that was the insertion of little novellas at the starts of random chapters that really didn’t add anything to the overall story arc. They just seemed to be there to provide color or to show how many actual different gods are represented by the people of America.

What I did like was Mr. Wednesday and Shadow. I really liked these characters and you come to make a connection with Shadow early on and to not trust Wednesday, but you can’t wait to see what he is going to pull next.

What I really liked is how the book talked about what it is to be an American.  Who we are and where we come from. I enjoyed the thoughts that we are all the same but completely different. It gave me hope for a better tomorrow. I enjoyed the use of some the tropes we see in a lot of books and media over and again. I had a moment of uncontrolled laughter over places of power and road side tourist traps.

“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman on the Malice-Corp score

3.5 stars out of 5. Without a lot of action scenes this book does stand a good job of standing it’s own two feet.  I just don’t like some of the authors choices on format and all the extra bits of fluff that don’t help develop the story.  If you are looking to enjoy the audiobook format I might recommend the full cast production. The team of narrators did an amazing job!

Spoilers and conversation

I really want to know your thoughts on American Gods by Neil Gaiman.  Please comment below and tell me what you think, but if you are going to drop a spoiler please let it be known in your comment before you continue. I absolutely hate spoilers!



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2 thoughts on ““American Gods” By Neil Gaiman – A book review

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    April 26, 2017 at 12:19 am

    I read the original version; rather liked it, except for the end. The end felt a bit rushed and flat. I came to find out later that there were rumors circulating that Neil had been up against a deadline that he almost didn’t meet, sooo… yeh. Now, the tenth anniversary edition has been out for a while, and while I haven’t read it yet, THAT was longer, so I remain hopeful.

  • Jack Malice
    April 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I liked it. But the little novellas put me off and now that you mention it the ending still felt rushed in the anniversary edition as well.


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