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review 2017-05-10 12:32
American Gods
American Gods - Neil Gaiman

by Neil Gaiman

 

I kept hearing how good this book is, so when a buddy read came up, I had to join in. I had even bought the book without my usual vetting through reading a sample.

 

The beginning surprised me. It wasn't at all like I expected and although there were hints of weirdness to come, I found myself firmly in uncharted waters. It does take a little while to get going to where it starts to make sense.

 

I'll admit I found it slow at times and struggled to keep my attention on it. The subtle infiltration of gods was a brilliant idea, but it took an age to get to the revelations and if it hadn't been Gaiman, I might have given up.

 

A lot of diversions into side stories kept the continuity from grabbing hold, though they fleshed out the overall situation. A linear story does unravel before the end, but along the way I found myself caring less and less about the characters and looking forward to getting to the end so I could read something more engrossing.

 

A lot of people love this book, but for me it isn't one of Gaiman's best.

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text 2017-04-11 17:03
Reading progress update: I've read 37%.
American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Sorry I haven't been contributing to any and all conversation about the book, but my internets been off. It's getting fixed, so I'll be back propery soon. I'm currently in a cafe, so I can post briefly. How are you all getting on? I just reached part 2 and although I know it's about Gods, I'm waiting to discern some deeper meaning! How are you all getting on? I like it a lot, but really couldn't tell you why!

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quote 2017-04-10 04:07
"Tell him language is a virus and that religion is an operating system and that prayers are just so much fucking spam." - Technology Boy, pg.71
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quote 2017-04-08 17:45
Ah, yes. The age of information - young lady, could you pour me another glass of Jack Daniel's? Easy on the ice - not, of course, that there has ever been any other kind of age. Information and knowledge: these are currencies that have never gone out of style." - Mr. Wednesday, pg. 30
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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-08 17:38
the pieces are all there
American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition - Neil Gaiman

I knew about the pieces relating to Mr. Wednesday (and Low-Key Liesmith)...

 

But I'm pretty sure Mr. Wednesday just admitted to being involved with Laura's death

 

After apologizing for Laura's death/Shadow's loss:

"The man shook his head.  "If it could have been any other way," he said, and sighed." - pg. 29

(spoiler show)
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