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American Gods
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on August 18, 2015
I liked the intertwining of gods and their stories. The idea that gods would be aligned with one another against the markets and media and the internet was unique. The story was ambitious and adventurous.

It was not always told brilliantly. It was choppy in parts and the tone was inconsistent and not just in the spots where that was the obvious intention.

This was the second Gaiman book I read (third counting Good Omens) and I preferred the irreverence of the other two. This one was heavier.
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on August 12, 2015
Clever....well written..
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on July 24, 2015
Bought cheap to test out my iPad, what a fantastic read.
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Nice.
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on March 10, 2015
Brought the book and came in as new! Thank you!
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on February 24, 2015
I've heard great things about Gaiman from a number of friends and finally decided to try one of his novels. This story didn't disappoint.
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on January 25, 2015
When settlers came to America, over the ages they brought their gods with them in their minds. They brought Odin and Loki and Thor and Kali ... but as generations died or people forgot, these gods passed into myth. Now, weakened, these gods are not just left to get by as best as they can, they are also faced with a battle with the new gods: the gods of internet, neon and plastic. This is - in its most basic form - the story of “American Gods” by one of the greatest story tellers of our time, Neil Gaiman.

Recently released from prison, Shadow is enlisted by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, presumably to assist in collecting gods who will stand together when the war begins. From that point on we visit so many places, we meet so many people and we are told so many tales of magic and mortality. We visit an old fair with out-of-tune mechanical instruments and spend time in an old European house filled with cooking smells of a different world. We meet Anansi at a fair, Ibis and Jacquel at a funeral home, and Easter at San Fransisco. We go back to 15,000 BC and see waves of immigration over the ages, including the heartbreaking Coming to America of black people. And we stay at the pretty town of Lakeside with its mysteriously disappearing children.

But these are all just elements of the story - not the story itself. The story is something that has to be experienced personally. I would highly recommend reading this book (and, in fact, everything by this author).
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on October 11, 2014
Ma fille acheté ce livre pour sa formation. Elle le trouve très intéressant!
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on September 22, 2014
This is the second Neil Gaiman book I've read (first was Ocean at the end of the lane) and I liked this book a lot, although not as much as Ocean at the end of the lane.
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on July 23, 2014
Overall the book was well written with an original story and and unique takes on "old" characters. My major issues is the pace of the book. It moves well until just before you get half way through, then it really slows down. Chapter after chapter of waiting for something to happen. It picks up about three quarters of the way through and the rest of the story is very good but it took too long to get there.
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