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The Monarch of the Glen

(American Gods #1.1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  4,904 ratings  ·  391 reviews
The Monarch of the Glen, an American Gods novella.

He was not sure what he had been looking for. He only knew that he had not found it.

Shadow Moon has been away from America for nearly two years. His nights are broken with dangerous dreams. Sometimes he almost believes he doesn't care if he ever returns home.

In the Highlands of Scotland, where the sky is pale white and it f
ebook, 128 pages
Published September 26th 2006 (first published September 25th 2006)
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Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Before I even begin to type, I know what I will hear: Hey, aren’t you the guy who doesn’t like series? Slap a “The End” on it and move on to something else, weren’t you the one that said that???

Yes, yes, that was me.

But American Gods was awesome, loved it, and I wanted more and more. Anansi Boys was also awesome, loved it, and I wanted to read more and more.

And so when I heard that Neil Gaiman had written another American Gods story, a novella contained in Robert Silverberg’s Legends II, anthol
Simona B
This novella is included in my copy of American Gods, and it is a total treat. I loved all the references to Beowulf and I loved that Gaiman engages with one of the most interesting (and most overlooked) thematic threads of medieval epic poetry, that is how the hero, to defeat the monster, has to become a little of a monster himself. I didn't expect any less from Gaiman. ...more
I am a fan of the novel American Gods and this is a novella from the same world. It's the centerpiece of the short story collection Fragile Things at about 150 pages.

The story was set in Scotland and there was a fancy party that needed a bodyguard. All very mysterious.

I thought it was a nice entry into the American Gods world.
A. Dawes
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Wow! Novella, novelette - whatever you wish to label it, this is a fantastic trip. Gaiman here returns to the world of American Gods, only this time he's back in the Old World rather than the New, and it works a treat.

While I enjoyed Gaiman's American Gods, I found the meandering vignettes took me away from the chief narrative. Perhaps if the vignettes themselves had been removed from the novel and sold separately they'd have been more effective? This novelette, despite involving Shadow rather
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-reads
The more I read Neil Gaiman's books, the more I'm starting to realize that I don't really enjoy his style of writing.

So, two years after the events of American Gods, Shadow is roaming Europe, searching for a cause. While he's in Scotland, he meets a man who offers him a job as a bodyguard and Shadow's like

'Cause that's what you do when a stranger tries to hire you out of nowhere and you know that you have a tendency to get yourself in ridiculously dangerous situations.

Anyway, I did not enjoy t
Kyle Muntz
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I ended up reading this kind of by accident (since I'm out of books, I'd planned on getting to the library today, but it was snowing so badly I decided not to). And I had no idea until a few hours ago that Gaiman had written a novella set after American Gods, so I figured why not.

It's probably worth mentioning that I have a weird history with Gaiman. I think of him as a very good writer but an incredibly disappointing one, as despite the incredible ambition in a few of his projects (American Go
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018reads

Story is set about two years after American Gods. I iked it, but I don't think it was necessary or made difference to the whole story of Shadow Moon's life.
"I’m not a monster,” said Shadow.
“Aye, that’s what monsters always say,” said the little man.

Set about two years after American Gods.
Shadow is just traveling backpacking, knowing places, drifting I say. And in this story ends in the north coast of Scotland when some guy offer him a job as a bouncer for the weekend in some private party.

Well, I'm aware that Gaiman is hit or miss for many. This story , to me, despite the no so big surprises in the run, is really good. Manage to evoke that se
Paz R.M.
4.75 stars.
Did ya know that Gaiman is my favorite author? Yeah, if it wasn't that obvious before, you know now.

What can I say? I fucking loved this novella. As someone who read American Gods for the first time maybe 4 or 5 years ago, I have no idea how I never picked this novella up before now. I love this world, I love the characters, I love how Gaiman brings mythology to life. I adore how everything he writes is a perfect fairy tale in the end. A scary and strange one, but so beautiful and cap
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
“The Monarch of the Glen” is a novella set after American Gods, featuring the main character from that story. It was only 62 pages, so it wasn’t nearly as meaty of a story as the book it was based off of, but I did enjoy it. We find out what Shadow has been up to in the months following American Gods, and he once again manages to get himself into trouble. Aside from Shadow, the other characters are pretty much new characters. It was entertaining, but quick, and I’m not sure the story will really ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you don't read this after American Gods, the story is incomplete ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Monarch of the Glen was a novella in the back of my copy of American Gods. My relationship with American Gods was a bit up and down – some elements I was really interested in whereas others I didn’t really care about at all. Despite this relationship, I was interested in giving the novella a try. If nothing else, I’m always happy to dive into stories set in Scotland (especially considering I was outside of Scotland when I was reading this).

Truthfully, I didn’t really care much at all for thi
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Hello i have just realized that this book i had read when i read a George R.R. Martin book The Sworn Sword in the year 2013 for this reason i checked the mistake. I came back to read the 20th of october of 2019 and my rating is three star. I liked it, although i have not read yet American Gods (I was very interested in Neil Gaiman, because he was very influenced by G.K. Chesterton and reading this anthology Fragile Objects i realize he is aware of the worst and the best i will write the review o ...more
John Velo
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Monarch of the Glen takes us exactly 2 years after the events of American Gods. We find Shadow lurking about and backpacking all through Europe, searching for something he's not quite sure what. All he knows is he hasn't found it yet.

He ends up in Scotland and meets a stranger asking him if he'd like to be employed as a security guard (very similar to Shadow meeting Wednesday in American Gods) for this high-end party about to take place only to find out he's being asked more than just to be a s
NaTaya Hastings
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a fantastic novella. I read it years ago when "Fragile Things" first came out, but honestly, I had forgotten about it. (Which, considering I wrote my thesis on "American Gods" and all the versions of it that came after the original, seems kind of implausible.) However, it is the truth. I forgot about this story. I forgot how much I loved it. I forgot how perfect it was. So I read it again last night to remember. And now, I will read the next installment, which I have NOT yet read... "Bl ...more
Marin Sophia
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the wonderful American Gods novella, The Monarch of the Glen, by Neil Gaiman. It picks up smoothly from where that novel left off, without missing a beat, and Shadow traversing the wilds of Scotland, having understandably left America following his death, resurrection, and a bloody cataclysmic war between the gods.

I loved this little story, because though short, it felt mythic and grand in scope; it achieves this effect because Gaiman steeps his work in history, in fable
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set two years after the final chapters of American Gods , in the Highlands of Scotland, this novella follows Shadow Moon, who apparently still hasn't learned his lesson about taking odd jobs from mysterious old men.

I first read this story in Fragile Things, a couple of years ago, and I was left quite cold then. I think I appreciated it more this time around, but I still have my issues with it... (view spoiler)
Andrew Logan
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me this has many of the virtues of American Gods and none of the drawbacks.

It is a complete, self contained story. Knowing who Shadow is and what he has been through might add a little, but my memory is rubbish and I'm pretty sure one does not need any background to appreciate this story.

Set in a Scotland which has wildness and secrets and accepts this is true it has a lot in common with the atmosphere of "The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains" and. Fair bit in common with "Instruction
Cynthia Egbert
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-and-read
I did not read this one in the proper order of the American Gods series but I am actually quite grateful for that fact. I miss Shadow and I love Gaiman and it is a rainy afternoon and so there is nothing better than a creepy story that invokes the Norse myths, Beowulf, and the "legend" of Sawney Bean. Talk about the perfect storm. I couldn't help but give it four stars. ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a fun story, but didn't really add anything. ...more
J. Taylor
Aug 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What was that? It was just pointless and made not a lick of sense.
Suad Shamma
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017
Another great short story that follows the wanderings of Shadow Moon way after the events of American Gods ended. Two years after, to be specific. This story takes place in Scotland, where Shadow is seen visiting different places around Europe and ending up there to view the sights, except nothing is ever that simple with him.

While sitting at the bar getting a drink at his hotel, he is approached by a strange man, who makes a strange proposition to him. He keeps referring to him as a "monster"
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably wouldn't have read this "American Gods novella" if I didn't get my hands on it by chance. I didn't really enjoy American Gods, mainly because of the blandness of Shadow as a character, and sadly this fact didn't change in The Monarch of the Glen. I just can't warm up to Shadow, he just seems so unresponsive to everything that's happening to him. He is so stoic and unemotional that I just can't grasp what Neil Gaiman intended to portray with this character. Maybe it's just the way I pe ...more
Jim C
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a novella that takes place two years after the events in American Gods. Shadow is in Scotland when a stranger asks him to be a bodyguard for a weekend. Shadow accepts but gets more than he bargained for.

This is a short, quick read that takes us back into the world that was created with the first book. I strongly recommend reading that one before this one. Once again we come across fantastic creatures and gods. Once again Shadow gets sucked back into this world. This was a nice book to co
Chris Pluska
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shadow continues to be a one-dimensional character who's life is inexplicably more exciting than he actually is. It's hard to grasp why he'd so foolishly take the job or, really, do much of anything he did in this novella considering everything that happened in American Gods. I do love the narrative and the world that this mythos takes place in, but I wish Shadow was a little more charismatic and had a reason and purpose why gods and other unsavory types would be attracted to probably one of the ...more
Ashish Iyer
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015, fantasy
So, two years after the events of American Gods, Shadow is roaming Europe, searching for a cause. While he's in Scotland, he meets a man who offers him a job as a bodyguard. I did not enjoy this book. Shadow was still the same boring character. But unlike in American Gods where the plot managed to keep me interested, there was nothing in this novella that I enjoyed. ...more
Jennifer B.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually read this as bonus material in my edition of the "American Gods" book, but thought it deserved its own review.

This is a delicious little novella, deeply atmospheric, and perfect for reading on a late summer evening, as the sun goes down, while drinking a glass of wine and listening to the melancholy cry of seagulls, as I was lucky enough to be able to do.
Yórgos St.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was really glad to visit the cosmos of American Gods one more time and hang out with Shadow. Probably the best story in the Fragile things compilation. Solid story for sure!
Andrei Stoian

I'll be honest about this, I've only read this novella because it was included in my edition of "American Gods". I liked "American Gods" but it was a bit disappointing so I didn't expect much from this one.
I considered not reading it but I read a review in which someone said that "The Monarch of the Glen" is kind of an epilogue for the main book. I would say that it wasn't, if you didn't like "American Gods" or you found it just ok you may give this one a pass, you don't have to read it in order
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