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.