Gaiman came up with the idea to write a novel about changing culture – specifically American culture – where the old Gods are replaced by new ones. He literally injects both types of Gods into the novel. The old Gods are traditional ones from mythology and the new Gods are representations of technology, society and globalization. Inevitably, there’s not room for the old and the new. What’s coming? War.
I loved the premise of this novel and I continue to enjoy Gaiman’s writing and thought processes. I love how Shadow’s road trip is so descriptive, and the characters that appear throughout the book are bold and haunting. That said, there were times I felt lost. I didn’t always understand who each God was or why they were there. Gaiman’s imaginative world is dark and strange. It can be really, really, morose and repulsive. On the other hand, there was enough of a compelling narrative to keep me reading. I loved the ending, but there’s so many layers here – I may have to read it again in the future.
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2001
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