I forgot all about doing a book review of the book that my Book Club read. I guess that doesn't bode well for the book huh?
The book we read was American Gods by Neil Gaimin. He is a local author here in my neck of the woods but he is popular internationally. He has written a lot of stuff. The movie Coraline and Star Dust are two movies that I can think of right now.
I liked the book, but it was a tough read. I felt lost a few times. The book was about old gods in America and the newer, hip young gods of our time. The old gods were brought over to America by the early Vikings and other early travelers (Odin, Thor, ect ) and the new gods are money, media, Internet and ect. The young gods want to do away with the old gods as they are getting weak. The old gods, of course don't want to go. The main man is a guy called Shadow and he ends up working for the old gods. They are going around America gathering up the old gods to war with the young gods. You will have to read it yourself to know more. Parts that I didn't get are why old gods were brought in, written about and then they never were mentioned again so why tell a story about them in the first place? I was confused in some other stuff too.
I found it interesting that God (note the capital G) and Jesus Christ were not mentioned in the book. Well, in one small part when Wednesday and his boss are trying to get Easter to join them they prove to her that she has been forgotten as most Americans don't have a clue about Easter, either is pagan roots or the christian part of it.
I liked the book well enough that I will read some of Gaimin's other books. But I am not sure I would recomend this book to others.
Anybody else read this book? What did you think about it?
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