Thursday, May 1, 2008

Book Review, "American Gods"

I finished American Gods yesterday and all I can say is WOW. If I could type fireworks and a huge parade, I would. I absolutely loved this book. I love Neil Gaiman and have loved him since the graphic novel days of The Sandman.

If you haven't read The Sandman series, go get it! You can buy the entire collection at a bookstore in one volume for like a bone. (That would be $100). It's worth every penny. The graphics are amazing, too. I have the separate galleries if you want to see them next time you're over.

American Gods is about mythological gods and one man's interaction with them. There is also some fact intertwined. The story takes place primarily in the U.S. and you'll get a nice literary view of America along the journey, including rural Virginia (my homeland!).

Neil Gaiman's writing is bound to become classic literature and part of college syllabi, if it's not already. His writing is so vivid and detailed. He has such an interesting and imaginative way of describing things. I often found myself, while reading this book, saying, "Why can't I write like that?!"

I read Neil's Anansi Boys last year and wish I read it after American Gods, so if you go out seeking his work, you might want to go in that order. It doesn't really matter, but I think I would've preferred that since one character from "Gods" appears in "Boys."

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