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American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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May 05, 2010

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The inaugural One Book One Twitter selection. It was selected over classic titles like Fahrenheit 451 because, I suspect, that Ray Bradbury doesn't have 1.5 million loyal twitter followers.

In any case, it was a quick read and a fun one. I had a fun time guessing who all the god characters were supposed to be.

I really had to persevere through a slow and rambling part towards the middle when Shadow, the main character, was struggling with purpose and self-identity. By the time he started on his Path to Awakening I was damn ready for it.

One of the underlying concepts of the novel, which I enjoyed, is that gods in America are either old, outdated, and enfeebled; or else they are new and cutting edge but are constantly being replaced by next year's model. And so America, it is often said, is just not a good place for gods. Any of them.

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