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American Gods/Anansi Boys

(American Gods)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,232 ratings  ·  104 reviews
This budget-priced leather bound hardcover would be an attractive addition to any fantasy or literature library, but its arrival could not be more timely: This summer we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Neil Gaiman's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods, universally acclaimed as a genre masterpiece. This sturdy, handsome volume also contains Gaiman's Anansi ...more
Leather Bound, 724 pages
Published July 18th 2011 by Barnes & Noble
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Darth J
American Gods
2.75 stars

You know, I think I love Neil Gaiman in theory more than anything else. And how could you not? He is immensely imaginative and quite witty. That being said, I feel like I was supposed to like this book more than I actually did.

The premise is great: The old gods of mythology are rising up for a war with the newer American Gods (such as Technical Boy who is the god of computers and the internet, and Media who oversees television); those that are representative of more modern
Jul 22, 2012 is currently reading it
So, I've just finished American Gods. Boy did it take a long time, but it was worth it. It's a slightly confusing book, I admit, with more than a couple slow parts, but when it gets fast, and when things start coming together, well... Let's just say you don't mind that the wall behind you is now plastered with your brains.

It's really two stories mixed together. The first is the story of Shadow and Wednesday. Shadow just got out of prison and is "hired" on as Wednesday's driver. Wednesday is
Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
Gave American Gods 2.5 stars. Putting this bind-up on hold until I actually feel like continuing.
Brandon St Mark
Read the first chapter and couldnt really get into it. I like the idea of the Old Gods coming to America, but the writing style was just kind of boring. Gaimen seems to be hit or miss with me. I think Neverland will be the last of his novels I try. Really enjoy his comic work tho ...more
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, owned-books
First of all; this edition is gorgeous - and filled with lovely details. With richly illustrated endpapers, shiny silver edges, a ribbon silk bookmark and a very symbolic cover design, it is a treasure for every Neil Gaiman fan and every admirer of beautiful books in general. I am so happy to display it on my shelf.

Of course the two novels it contains are gorgeously crafted as well. Neil Gaiman truly is a wizard, and every word he writes is filled with magic. I especially like how these two
American Gods (December 11-24, 2019) - 3 stars

Im somewhat underwhelmed. I should have read more mythology first before I tackled this book. The gods were interesting, yes. I liked learning about the gods from different pantheons. Most of it was unfamiliar territory for me, but I was fine with it. I started this book not knowing what it was all about, and as soon as it hit me, I was starting to get excited about it. Just as how I get excited with other Neil Gaiman books. But I just cant help but
Michael Arnold
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
American Gods is ok. It's Stephen King wearing an American flag suit and an uneasy smile. The ending was also completely naff. I skipped Anansi Boys for now, might read it later.
April Chaney
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful. This is my first Gaiman novel and Im sorry to have waited so long. But Im glad it was these two books.

If you like mythology and you like getting different perspectives of myths youll enjoy these books. Both bring something beautifully mysterious to the table.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, english
American Gods **

This book taught me there is a Neil Gaiman book that can dissapoint me. It's a slowburner, but when things finally start moving I couldn't bring myself to be fully invested. While reading I often couldn't pinpoint a character's motivation. This frustrated me. I felt like they were constantly on the road, but it wasn't made clear why. Even in the end I'm not sure if I fully know the answer. Some things do get explained but they seem a little convoluted.

The book has beautiful
Nadia Zeemeeuw
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never have a deal with gods... and never take a seat on a board next to them as well.
The weirdest thing about Americans Gods is I have started reading this book a couple of times before in translation. And never go further than the first chapter. When two weeks ago I was staying in front of the bookshelf in American Book Center in Amsterdam and thinking what should buy using my gift certificate this book somehow just jumped into my hand. Mysteriously it had the same price as my certificate had.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I love, love, love Gaiman's writing and the intricate worlds he creates. He pulls you into his stories and makes you feel like you're actually experiencing events alongside the protagonists.
My one minor beef (from both stories) is that he tends to overanalyze and explain things. It reminds of an episode of 30 Rock where Tracy asks Liz if it was really a necessary part of the story for her to describe a sandwich. Too much detail can be just as bad as not enough.

(Individual book reviews to come)
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I liked American Gods but I absolutely loved Anansi's boys.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a story where I enjoy the idea/concept more than the execution/plot. The premise of Gods living among humans and the idea of human belief fueling the Gods are excellent. I truly enjoyed the idea of Old Gods (based on mythology and traditions) and New Gods (the modern belief in science and technology) co-existing and facing each other. As a fan of mythology, I like reading and identifying the deities from worldwide. However, the plot was vague and not fully
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Morgan by: Katherine
Shelves: hard-copy
LOVE LOVE LOVED THEM!!!!! Quite possibly my new favorite books.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
First off, except for minor typos, this is a beautiful edition at a great price: good quality paper, nice and clear layout, well illustrated hardcover and endpapers, nice silver edges and practical integrated bookmark.

Warning: very light spoilers.


This book deserves 5 stars.

American Gods is about Shadow, who after three years in prison and hard lessons learned, finds himself without a wife, a friend and employment. Shortly after his release, he encounters enigmatic Mr Wednesday who
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know," he said. "I think I would rather be a man than a god. We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.

I guess when Shadow Moon said that, he used all the right words to voice the very last thought I had as I finished Neil Gaimans American Gods.

So what is American Gods about?
Well the main plot is something like this:
Shadow Moon is released from prison two days early in order to attend his wife's funeral. Since his best friend Robbie died in the same
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was quite the read! If you are looking to spend a lot of time reading, consider American Gods/Anansi Boys. Neil Gaiman has quite a unique writing style that I find hard to describe. He does such an amazing job of blending fantastic concepts into reality, that it's hard to define the line between them. To find that in writing is the stuff of legendary authors; when they can make you believe in the unbelievable. I also find his writing style to be casual and comfortable. I don't have to ...more
Tooba Akhtar
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 Stars

This review has been a long time coming, considering I finished this book more than a week back, and have already written a review for a book that I read after this. The thing is, that I haven't been able to gather my thoughts into something coherent. There are a lot of things that make me like American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and I want to be able to put them all into words.

Gaiman has a knack of creating memorable characters. From Richard Mayhew, Door and Marquis De Carabas from
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I really wanted to like this book. I truly enjoy Gaiman's writing, and the overall theme of this book was good.

But it just took me so. long. to. get. there.

I was intrigued by Shadow, the main character and his life. I enjoyed getting to know him, and I liked him- what little I knew about him. The book starts with Shadow being released from jail early and finding out that his wife was killed in a car crash. He gets a mysterious offer from a stranger, Mr. Wednesday, to work for him. With nothing
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This took forever to read.

American Gods left me feeling conflicted. It consists of 2 plotlines, one about Shadow and Wednesday and one about Mike (who is Shadow).
The Wednesday plotline bored me. It bored me more than I'm able to describe. It was probably the most boring thing I've ever read. I'd rather read the Bible three times over. I finished American Gods not to long ago, but I barely have an idea what it was about. I was confused throughout the entire story and when the ending came I
David Oskutis
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually two books, so two reviews, both pretty positive. I had read Anansi Boys a few years ago and remember enjoying it. I had not read American Gods, though. Then, I saw that they were turning it into a tv show, so I picked up this copy of both books and read them both.

American Gods is a bit more dramatic, and much like an adult version of Percy Jackson. The Gods are still kicking around in the modern world, but often unrecognized, most unremembered, and they are just trying to grab
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Greek or Norse Mythology
Recommended to Melanie by: Omar Rios
American Gods (4/60)- American Gods by Neil Gaiman -- This is a book about belief. It is about the clash of the new and the old. It is about the necessity of selfishness for survival. I liked it. It wasn't without fault, though. My biggest gripe is that maddeningly slow roll-out of the plot. Why can't you lie to me? Or tell me half-truths? But the constant "you don't need to know, so I'm not going to tell you" drives me nuts! A mystery is more mysterious when you don't know that you don't know ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2018-reads
Wow. This book was crazy.

I dont know what I was expecting. I went in not knowing too much about it and it was great because the surprises and twists shocked me and allowed me to enjoy the story!

I would say its more of a 4.5 stars than 4.
The reason I didnt do 5 stars is because there was some confusion with the different point of views. They switched without any extra warning. There were chapters that were from a different characters point of view that I didnt know until they said something
Camille Tolentino
American Gods

Out of all Gaiman's books that I've read, American Gods was my least favourite. The pacing was very slow and I feel like more parts of the book could be cut out without affecting the plot. There were a loooot of fillers and my eyes just glazed over most of them. I feel like there were too many characters that were just there for the word count. It only got interesting on the last 100 pages or so for me and that's when it only made some sense. Still, it was a Gaiman book and Gaiman's
Hugo Milian-Smith
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok!.... so, i know that i have mentioned that i felt that it was a bit long winded. However, it started way to slow and was a bit dragged out however... i have to admit from the middle to the end it really started to pick up and i ended it with a big smile on my face. I dont see how this is a squeal to "American Gods" other than Anansi is in it.. there is no mention to the last book in any of it. but other than that it was quite and adventure and worth reading!
Rachel Harriet
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: default
This book started out strong. It was very detailed and, while it differed from the show in a lot of ways, it was engaging, interesting, and kept you guessing. That is, u til the end. I feel like the end was rushed, lacked originality, and didn't follow the same pattern as the first 85%/90% of the book. All told, it was good enough but I expected a lot more. I will need to work my way back to read the Anansi Boys as I need a break from Gaiman as this book really broke my heart.
Tyler Watts
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, such an entertaing book. I actually havnt read Anansi Boys yet but ill get around to it. American Gods though has everything you would want for a good reading experience. Some of it dragged on a little but the parts that glue you to the page make up for the maybe 50 pages of grind. I would recommend to anyone who likes fantasy and philosophy.
Jeff Gilpin
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book but not for everyone. No spoilers here but this book has everything I look for in a novel: wonderful writing, characters you care about, impossible to predict so keeps you turning pages when you should go to sleep, and a conclusion that ties it all up and makes you wish there were more to read.
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