Taken from Neil Gaiman’s site
Plot: Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming — a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path.
Also from Neil Gaiman’s website.
Now for me. Before we begin,
can we just
how freaking pretty
my copy of this book is?
I love it a lot.
Anyway, back on topic. I bought this book with some Christmas money I had. Neil Gaiman excited me. This was around the time he surprised everyone at Carnegie Hall with John and Hank Green (who I love), and Neil had written an episode of Doctor Who which was great. And Coraline, the movie at least, has made it virtually impossible for me to trust those LaLaLoopsy dolls that the Gremlin loves. To say the least, I had high hopes for this book.
I was pretty satisfied. It had a few minor issues with it, but not all books are perfect. The best way to really describe it, in all honesty, is Percy Jackson for grown-ups, combined with that one episode from Supernatural with all of the old gods in it. In a good way. It was a healthy combination.
The plot was good. It was interesting, many twists to things that seemed unimportant at the time, and characters that didn’t seem important became bigger than usual, and the ending certainly tied up loose ends very nicely, and in ways that you never would have expected. The concept of the war of the gods was a good concept he used nicely, mainly by making it look like both sides thought they were truly in the right. The fact they had introduced new gods that we had indirectly created, like Media and Cars and Airplanes was certainly very creative.
The characters were quite a motley crew. You have Shadow, who just got out of prison, and he was alright in my book. A very loyal character with a good backstory and a personality that matched. I liked how when he was given false identities, he was a good storyteller with it and I loved he kind of believed it and loved being it. Mr. Wednesday was probably my favorite character, mainly because of his humor. Laura the Zombie I kind of wanted to like, but she still didn’t honor her marriage to Shadow while he was locked up. She still loved him, but she was off screwing around with his boss. Oh yeah, FYI, this is not a book for children.
One thing I didn’t like was sometimes he would digress into something like a short story that discusses characters from almost two hundred years ago, even more. Perhaps it served a purpose, like how the gods were worshiped before they came to America. But I don’t know a hundred percent.
Overall, this book is not for children, but it was good and it was interesting. Some issues, but nothing that drew too much away from the overall greatness of the book.
Four out of five stars.
Next Time: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman