Monday, 30 August 2010

Becky Bookworm Book Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman - a touch of the Norse across the Atlantic

American GodsAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a saga as complex, thrilling, scary, mysterious, challenging and exciting as being Alice and going through the rabbit hole into an entirely different world.

Neil Gaiman introduces the reader to a wide cast of characters each with their own historical story and meaning and each with their own unique suffering for existing in the large landscape of America.

The plot is so full of turns, twists, backtracks that it is hard even to sum up.

But the over all story does touch on something that I have a good feeling about as it is a point of view that I apply in my own writing.

What is important about our spiritual beliefs? What happens when those beliefs fade? What happens to those stories and heroes and gods who live off our belief? How do they survive such a secular world?

Those questions are explored through a quite foreign mythical person of Mr Wednesday (I won't reveal his true name) and the normal human he's brought into his employment Shadow a man who has his own problems and soon learns he is meant to help with many supernatural problems around America.

It is a long and deep read but each chapter has its own significance and each character has its own appeal and in the end all questions created are answered and it left me with the answer that our beliefs are important because we choose to believe in them.

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