Wow! This was so much more than a book, it was an experience.
After reading The Sandman comics earlier this year and loving Neil Gaiman's vision, I al...moreWow! This was so much more than a book, it was an experience.
After reading The Sandman comics earlier this year and loving Neil Gaiman's vision, I also enjoyed his exploration of what happens to forgotten Gods. So, I was very excited to see that he touched on that very topic in this book. It's a fascinating concept that he pulls off very well. I mean, what does happen to Gods and Goddesses in a time when so many have lost faith? How does it affect them in the digital age? Do they fade, do they linger, and what about surviving in another country, away from their origins?
All of that and so much more is explored in this book. It's the journey of one man, trying to return to life after three years in prison. Except, the life he thinks is waiting for him falls apart when he finds out that his wife died in a car accident, as well as his best friend. This leaves Shadow with no home and no job. So when a mysterious and quite annoying Mr. Wednesday hounds him with a job offer, he eventually accepts. And so, Shadow seals his fate.
What follows is a mythic adventure that takes him across America, as Wednesday attempts to encourage other ancient Gods to take part in the coming war. Of course, this is a very simplistic version of the events that unfold as Shadow meets one God after another, and finds himself being the pawn in an ancient game, with results that will pleasantly surprise and satisfy any reader willing to join him.
The cast of characters is colourful, interesting, intriguing, intense and vast. There are too many players in this fantastic story to zero in on just the one, but I particularly found myself drawn to Shadow. And even with her faults, I liked that undead Laura has an important part in everything.
American Gods is a masterpiece of epic proportions that weaves one main story and many smaller ones to become one perfect blend. I loved every twist and turn in this magical road trip, every revelation, and all of the amazing locations. I'm also very glad that I waited to read this version. Even the extras were great!
Neil Gaiman has a wild imagination that he takes to an all-new level in this book. Awesome!(less)
I can't believe it's taken me so long to get started on The Dark Tower adventure, but I'm glad I'm finally on my way.
After reading this book, I can't...moreI can't believe it's taken me so long to get started on The Dark Tower adventure, but I'm glad I'm finally on my way.
After reading this book, I can't wait to see what happens to Roland... because the mystery didn't exactly end with the book. :)
I've now got more questions than I did when I began the story--lol. Still, I was totally captivated by this book. It's a very clever and intriguing post-apocalyptic-western mix, with a good dash of magic. I really enjoyed following Roland as he pursued the Man in Black through the desert, and getting a peek into his past was also very cool.
This is one series I know I'm really going to enjoy! I'm already hooked.(less)
Diesel's back in this one. Another guy to add to the confusing mix she already has. As if two hot guys aren't enough to deal with? Add this bizarre an...moreDiesel's back in this one. Another guy to add to the confusing mix she already has. As if two hot guys aren't enough to deal with? Add this bizarre and almost magical guy to the mix and what's Stephanie to do? ;)
Lots of laughs in this one, and I loved the way everything worked out. Even if her sister's life just keeps getting worse and worse. My gosh! Another baby? The fake wedding scene was totally hilarious! And Grandma Mazur never disappoints.
I hope there are more of these Between-the-Numbers novels. They're a blast!(less)
What a fascinating tale. I know some people might feel cheated after reading this intriguing mystery but I loved it. Very good book with all the trade...moreWhat a fascinating tale. I know some people might feel cheated after reading this intriguing mystery but I loved it. Very good book with all the trademark King, including the nature of the mystery. The interaction between the two old guys - Dave and Vince - and the young Stephanie is a great dymanic. He gives you just enough info to feel like you actually know them.
This book gets two thumbs up from me (since there are only 2, I think you get how much I liked it!) A great little read which'll no doubt return to my mind (as it did with the characters) even years down the track. That's the beauty of Stephen King, he's got this outstanding talent of hooking you into his tales so quick and deep, that you're powered on by the urge of wanting to know how it all turns out.
His afterword was really cool too! Here's a great quote from it:
"I write to find out what I think, and what I found out writing The Colorado Kid was that maybe- I just say maybe- it's the beauty of the mystery that allows us to live sane as we pilot our fragile bodies through this demolition-derby world."