5.0 out of 5 stars
American Gods - a world to live in., Feb. 19 2012
I've read this novel over and over again. Upon reflection, the reason for this is because I like the world that Neil created here. My reaction to Shadow is similar to what the characters in the book think of him. He's smart yet dull - too accepting of things at times but also a man who's only ever tried to be a shadow in his own life. The story unfolds beautifully. At first, I found the ending to be disappointing, but I've since come to really appreciate it. I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in writing. This novel teaches you how to create an entire fictional world and keep your reader engaged in it far beyond the last page. I'll also add that it teaches you what excellent writing is all about. I don't think anyone does it better than Neil Gaiman.