Page Count: 704 pages
“I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.
All Shadow wanted was to quietly do his time in prison and then continue his life with the woman he loves. American Gods follows Shadow, a recently released prisoner as he discovers things he never thought existed. Gods who co-exist among us on earth because people have believed them into reality.
As far as books go, it couldn’t be more up my alley, mythology? check, fantasy? check, twist and turns that consistently delight and surprise you? Triple check.
Neil Gaiman excels at telling not just one story, but multiple stories, filled with unique and intriguing characters which prevent you from ever wanting the story to end. It’s not a simple story and you may as well go along for the ride just like Shadow does and prepare yourself for all the feels.
“All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.”
I find it hard to place this book in just the fantasy genre because the fantasy is so closely intertwined with horror and mystery throughout.
I read the 10th Anniversary extended edition of the book and I honestly can’t imagine any part of it being left out of the original, every chapter of this book comes together to create an extraordinary tale. I can’t tell you how many times while reading I gasped aloud because of twists and characters that end up connected or end up meeting.
American Gods is the kind of book that makes you fall in love with every element of the story and I can’t wait to read more of Neil Gaiman’s work, this book has easily taken up a spot as one of my favorites.
“People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.”
P.S Was anyone reminded of Supernatural while reading it? Especially the Gods existing because enough people believed in them? And the American road trip vibes
If you want to purchase the version with this amazing cover and illustrations, here is the Book Depository link 🙂