American GodsAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book, and, the writing itself I did love. No matter my opinion of the book in general I think I’ll take away from this a passage for my list of favorite quotes:

“Say ‘Nevermore,'” said Shadow.

“Fuck you,” said the raven.

I really did love the way he used his words economically and yet conveyed so much. It’s prose to emulate, that’s for sure.

However, in the final accounting, I was bored. I never got into Shadow as a character. He was interesting, but I never connected with him. To me, that’s the biggest letdown of any book. I can hang in there through a lot of other literary failings if I care about the character enough that I need to know what happens to him.

Besides that, tt felt like little happened over far too many pages. The encounters with various gods began to feel repetitive. After a long section describing two famous grifts, I gave up and started skipping ahead. (It had taken me a couple of weeks to get to that point, about 250 pages in, even though I can read a book of this length in a day if it captivates me.)

I skimmed to the end and maybe because of that I missed whatever it was that makes this book so generally admired. But after 250 pages, it would have to have been bloody brilliant to be worth it.

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