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American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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Mar 17, 10

Not sure it's worth even the three stars, more like 2 1/2. The real problem with the book is not the story, it's the main character. He's a tough guy who's passive. He's very nonchalant and sits and watches things happen around him without taking a side, opinion or action. Many people are like this in real life (probably including myself), but it makes for a horrible lead character. Even anti-heroes like Thomas Covenant do something. If the character was more active I wonder how that may have changed the story and made it less lilting and dull. Good idea, bad execution. Side note: As always, Neil's prose is wonderful and possibly the best in the genre. But the ability to use nice phrases and and choice words isn't enough to save the problems in this book.

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