Saturday, 11 January 2020

American Gods

I've set myself a challenge to read 30 books this year, I'm hoping to smash this and be able to hit 52, but I have to be realistic with how busy my job gets!

I'd heard so much about American Gods, and I've read a few books by Neil Gaiman and have loved them, but unfortunately this book didn't live up to my expectations.

Parts of the book are beautifully written and had me captivated, but other elements seem so fractured and out of place that at times the plot was hard to follow.

The characterization at points is so beautiful, especially concerning Shadow and his aquisition and practicing of magic tricks. The setting of Lakeside and the subplot that occurs here was calming and beautiful. As a reader I was left longing for Shadow to remain here and to rebuild his life. 

The entire plot builds up to the climactic war, however this was anything but a climax of tension. I found this to be rushed and brushed over rather than given the time and attention needed to fully explore the events that occur and the consequences of this.

In the foreword Gaiman tells how this version has an extra 12,000 words than originally published, and I'd be interested to see if these are the elements of the story that I personally struggled with. 

Overall, I did enjoy reading this, but there were too many times when I had lost interest and the plot!

I'd give this book 3/5 stars, mainly due to the intricate description and character building at points.

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