Tuesday, May 8, 2012

American Gods Read Along Post 1



When I first read American Gods in 2006, it was at the suggestion of a close friend who “doesn’t read”. I had no idea who Neil Gaiman was, but was intrigued by this book that my friend loved. I devoured it in a day. Since this is a reread for me, I had forgotten the rather crass, sexual parts of the book, so I hope none of you reading with me were offended by those parts. Whoopsie. 

I have always kind of liked Shadow. He has a past that’s a bit dark, but you know that it isn’t the whole story. It’s that bit of mystery about him that kept me reading. Mr. Wednesday has always been sketchy to me. I’m not sure I like him, but I know I shouldn’t trust him. Laura is more complex. I hate what she did to her husband, but it’s still clear that she loves him and that wins me over. 

I love all the little side stories dealing with the gods. They’re really interesting and it’s like you’re getting all these different books in one. My favorite was the one that took place in the 1700’s. I loved that the character was very superstitious. I am of Irish decent and my grandparents still hold true to the legends of leprechauns, faeries, and banshees.

I’m loving that this book is still an engaging, quick read after all this time. I read this first section in two days. I’m eager to read the next section. It’s been so long parts of the book are faded in my memory

9 comments:

  1. Ugh, Laura. The way Shadow describes her in the very beginning makes me like her so much, and then you find out that she sucks. I'll probably never really warm up to her. Dammit. The little story of them first meeting was so sweet and a little romantic.

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    1. I agree. And Shadow goes on about how much he loves her and how he's going to be a better man for her...it breaks my heart.

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  2. I hear so much about Neil and have always wondered if I should read his work, I'm sure your answer would be YES!

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    1. Haha you guessed correctly. He has some great YA works that I think are great. Coraline or The Graveyard Book would be great place to start.

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  3. LoliQ says: So far I'm really enjoying the book though I agree that it's kind of wierd and complex. Here are my comments on section one

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7462949-american-gods

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    1. Your bf's reaction was so funny.

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  4. I'm going to be late for work because of you!! xD But still, I got my first post up. :)

    It's entirely fantastic isn't it? I love it so far! Thanks for hosting!

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    1. I'm glad your loving American Gods. Do you have a link for your post? I can't seem to find it.

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    2. I'm glad that you're loving American Gods, do you have a link for your post, I can't seem to find it.

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