Liked It3 of 3 members found this review helpful
“One of my "Top 5 Novels Ever Read". The fact that the novel revolves around gods that follow their people to the New World where they slowly fade into nothingness because their people stop believing once they come here is fantastic. Gaiman is a master storyteller here, showing how this really is...”see full review » see other reviews »
Didn’t Like It1 of 1 members found this review helpful
“Totally lost interest in this story. Don't know if it was me or the story. The first 1/4 of the story was riveting, but it seemed to have taken a turn for the worse after that. It lost me at the point when Shadow and Mr. Wednesday entered into a different dimension via a carousel and it was...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Paraphrased from something I said to a friend:
It was just okay. It had some really cool ideas around things like the gods coming to America, what this country worships instead, and so on, but I never really got a feeling of there being any depth. I felt like Gaiman glossed over ideas that were cool, like the idea of a killing themselves. Even Horus's insanity is awesome, but is so underdeveloped.
Generally I felt that the problem was with the gods themselves, because it didn't really go into most of them and relied on jokes and cheap reveals. Like "oh lol Mr Jacquel is Anubis" or they have a cat who is really Bast.
My main problem was the presentation of the gods and religions themselves. I didn't get the impression that Gaiman actually knew anything at all about these religions. The only gods that featured very heavily were Norse and Egyptian and most of the others fell by the way side. But everything these gods did and all of their roles and personalities relied on you already knowing who they were. They aren't given anything real to them. Jacquel being Anubis is so fucking what if you don't know who Anubis is. Even the reveal of Loki is meaningless unless you know the Norse gods already.
I also found Shadow to be incredibly unlikable, and most of the reveals I felt to be, well, weak. In general it was pretty predictable and heavy-handed and lacking the degree of exploration into the "american gods" that I was expecting.”
“I found this book very entertaining. Did I always know what was going on...Nope nor did I fully understand everything. But it had a great cast of characters and a mixed up storyline that you just wanted to read to find out where it was going. Definitely a book I would re-read because I would discover something new with each reading.”CarrieJ wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I recently finished this book weeks ago, but am forgetful in adding to the list on Shelfari. I've had this book recommended to me by numerous friends & strangers that noticed I prefer fantasy in passing. I must say that everything people told me about the book was not a disappointment, in fact quit the opposite. I had the privledge of reading the complete & uncut version of Mr. Gaiman's literary classic & I truly loved this book. It was very well written & in the future I would mention this book to anyone in passing that its worth a read. ”Cranberry 79 wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very interesting book”Nancy W wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident. Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible. He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same..”Harley Chic wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's kind of a wierd book, but after got into it my interest grew. I ended up liking it. It was too long & IMO should have been shortened considerably.”Larry B wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Unique and intriguing. One of the best books I've read in a while.”Sean W. T wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At page 88 I no longer cared what happened. Stopped reading.”Monica W wrote this review 4 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book. It is my boyfriends favorite and one of the first Neil Gaiman where it didn't feel like everything was copied off another author.”Taylor B wrote this review Sunday, May 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved it--love what Gaiman has to say about where our society pays complete attention to, so much so that it becomes a worship. Shadow is a fantastic character... I enjoyed all of the characters, even the so-called villains (who were only fulfilling their own prophecies)!”Maggie wrote this review Thursday, May 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No