Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Rating : 5.0/5
Number of Pages : 632
Reason for Reading : Books Awards Reading Challenge, to read more by the author

Shadow is about to be released after serving 3 of his 6 year sentence in prison to begin rebuilding his life with his wife Laura. He has a job waiting for him working in a gym and things are looking up. A couple of days before he is due to be released however, he learns that his wife was killed in a car accident and he is released early to go home for the funeral. On the flight he meets enigmatic Wednesday who claims to be a god. He offers Shadow a job working for him doing errands, which he eventually takes after his other options are eliminated. They seal their deal with mead and set off on a journey across America.

Wednesday feels a storm coming that will be a battle between the old gods brought over by settlers to America (Bast, Horus, Ganesh, Anasi, Easter, Thoth, Anubis etc) and the new (railroads, cars, internet, television etc). Shadow seems somehow caught up in the middle of things with the added problem of the dead not staying dead. The novel is filled with myth and magic from the anicent world and how it might interact in a more modern setting.

I loved this novel from the beginning. I have a passion for mythology and my favourite genre is fantasy so it was right up my street. I knew a lot of the gods and was able to recognise Wednesday for his true name which helped a little. I liked that it explored their darker sides and wasn't light and fluffy. It was a little strange reading a book by an english author that was so american even though I knew this was Gaiman's aim. It expanded nicely on the ideas from "Small Gods" by Terry Pratchett so if you liked that you will definitely like this too. Truely unputdownable!


Ana S. said...

I had a feeling you'd love this one! Reading it I was reminded of Small Gods as well. He and Terry often seem to be on the same wavelength. I had fun identifying the gods too, although there were some I had no idea about, like the Slavic ones.

Melody said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed this book, Rhinoa! After reading your review, I can't wait to jump into this book. ;)

~ames~ said...

I'm glad you liked this one because I have it in my TBR pile. :P

Ladytink_534 said...

This was the first book by Neil Gaiman I ever read. I really loved it! The sequel, Anansi's Boys wasn't as good though.

The Library Nook said...

I must read a Gaiman soon, all I hear is good things about him:)

Tasha said...

I've never read Neil Gaiman, but I enjoy mythology and fantasy, and this book looks interesting. I like the title. I think he has a spooky looking children's book coming out called The Dangerous Alphabet. I've also never read Terry Pratchett, but I've been meaning to, so maybe now's the time.