By Neil Gaiman
Page Count: 588 (mass market)
I really liked the newest addition of the book but after finishing it I'm glad I got the copy I have. Roads play a huge part in the story both physically and metaphorically. I don't like that Harper Torch keeps changing the covers though.
Shadow is the main character and one of the first male leads I have read in awhile. He get released from prison only to find out that his wife (the one who had got him though the system) has committed an atrocious act. Shadow breaks parole and gets a job with Wednesday. He grows to be this incredible man walking a thin line between pure and evil. He wants to do good but is there really such thing as good and bad.
Wednesday is Shadows boss and boy is he a piece of work. Wednesday is known as many things primarily he is the All-Father. He tried to gather the gods for the upcoming war between the old gods of earth and the new gods of technology and new age. I didn't like him at first which I think was the point but, there was a time in the middle that I finally understood why he was so insistent on making people do his bidding.
America with a touch of backstory of ancestors traveling with gods in their mind over to the New World. Shadow agrees to work for a creepy man who goes by Wednesday. The job is to serve,drive and protect no matter what,not to ask questions. Although long in parts and slightly vulgar American Gods is a book that I will be putting on my shelf for good. This isn't a YA book but the idea of Gods and Myth made me pick it up and Gaiman's style kept me flipping pages.
I really did enjoy this massive book. With it's unique take on what happens to the gods we bring with us. Really glad I picked up this book by Neil. Can't wait to grab another one of his...maybe Anasazi Boys.