Days before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You'll be surprised by what and who it finds there... (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
I’m not entirely sure what to say about this book. I can’t pinpoint what it is about the book I don’t like nor am I sure if there is something I can point out and say that “I don’t like this”. What I do know is that “American Gods” was a book I struggled to put down and thought about constantly while not reading. It left me unsettled.
The book is creepy, but not necessarily in a bad way. It’s the kind of creepy that grabs you by the shoulders and has you taking a second look at things for the rest of the day. The mythological component was extremely well done; I loved the way the different cultures were weaved together. My one complaint was that I felt there were some aspects left unresolved at the end of book.
Though I finished this book, and can’t quite say that I liked it, I will be rereading it again in the near future.
Warning: Contains violence
Rating: 4 stars!
Who should read it? I can’t quite say, this book is one of a kind. If anything: fans if Gaiman, mythology or psychological thrillers.