Thursday, June 21, 2007

American Gods

American Gods by Neil Gaiman was originally published in 2001. My paperback copy was 588 pages. I found this to be a so-so book even though it came highly recommended and I expected to enjoy it.

You may need to ignore any negative reviews from me for awhile. I am more than willing to concede that under the current circumstances I may not rate any book I'm reading highly. First, it was started on our (very stressful) trip and was also an airplane book for half the trip. Second, there is just too much going on with selling, packing, and moving to give any book much concentrated reading time. Third my mind is Swiss cheese right now. For example, when I sat down to read one night this week, instead of reading I ended up mindlessly watching 2 hours of a dog show.

The bottom line is expect a streak of iffy reviews from me for awhile and take them all with a grain of salt. I have a feeling if I read American Gods again, after we are moved and unpacked, I would enjoy it more.


Anonymous said...

I bet you would enjoy it more. AG wasn't a light read and I can see that trying to do it while traveling would be difficult. I also found it helpful to use Wikipedia to identify the gods. I DID enjoy the story but what still totally captivates me is the premise. Obviously I do not believe in polytheism, but the idea of creating our own gods--especially the culture gods that were depicted in the book and those gods waxing and waning in poswer really rang true to me on a spiritual level. I found myself still thinking about the concept long after I finished the book.

1morechapter said...

I'm going through that right now, too. We haven't sold our house yet, though I've been packing up and putting most things in storage. It's not a fun time.