american gods american gods

Genre: Fantasy/Mythology
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.

Neil Gaiman

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.”

RATING:

★★★★★

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 🙂

the hobbit

the hobbit

“In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit”

J.R.R Tolkien

Okay so by now most people have read the Hobbit, but I’m a little late to the party. So this is for the other stragglers like me, it’s time to get onboard!

I loved this story, I mean big time please don’t let this story end kinda love. It has all of the elements of the ultimate fantasy story and brings images alive in your head. The characters draw you in because they are not only complex but flawed like the rest of us.

The story focuses on Bilbo Baggins who is a Hobbit set in his ways passing the days in his Hobbit hole, and Gandalf gives him the chance to go on an adventure, something very un-hobbitlike. Tolkien tells the story of Bilbo learning to step out of his comfort zone and find out what he is made of, allowing him to experience the entire world around him and the magic it has to offer.

“Even the smaller person may change the course of the future”

J.R.R Tolkien

The friendships that develop between the characters are charming and feel very real. Personally, I always enjoy well-written friendships in any novel. The whole book is beautifully written, and many of the quotes have stuck with me.

The comedic element was a surprise and a very welcome one at that! When I say, this story has everything, laughs, tears, action, magic, I really mean it. Seriously, all of the emotions guys, all of them.

It reminded me of how I felt when I first read Harry Potter, and I can’t wait for my Lord of the Rings boxset to arrive so I can delve more into the magical world Tolkien has created.

P.S I have ordered the set with illustrations by Alan Lee! I highly recommend getting your hands on them if you can.