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American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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Sep 15, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Read in September, 2010

Without a doubt, this is one of the most annoying books I have read in my life. This is not to say it's a bad book, because obviously it is not. It is well-regarded, with a huge fan base. It simply wasn't to my taste. Whereas some people just do not take to stream of consciousness writing like Joyce and Woolf, I guess I do not like this blending of fantasy, mythology, and Americana. Then again, I love magic realism (Allende, Marquez), and I love fantasy, including King's Dark Tower series, so maybe it is just this book. I felt that so many random, ridiculous things happened just because the author felt he could do anything and have it covered under the genre of fantasy. If he had an outline and a grand plan all along, so be it, but I would have appreciated getting a sense of it, rather than everything seeming so preposterous, particularly a revelation about 100 pages from the end that I found especially irksome. I also did not care for any of the gods; the old ones were just annoying grumps, and the new ones arrogant bastards. There were some sequences I liked, especially Shadow's stint as Mike Ainsell in Lake Town, and due to these as well as good writing, I am giving the book two stars instead of one.
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Elisabeth Seriously Billings, you write one hell of a review! Thank you!

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