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Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 17 Jul 2004, 19:07 by Grantaire, Moderator

I loved it. It was recommended to me by the OF community at, and I wonder how many here have read it. It's not really pure "fantasy", but weaves elements of fantasy, the "new wierd" fantasy, mythology and much more. So, anyone read it? What did you think of it? view post

posted 17 Jul 2004, 19:07 by Loof, Peralogue

Yeah I have read it. Thought it was good but not super good. One of the things that I found a bit "wrong" was that I felt the gods personalitys didn't fit that well with what they where acording to legend. But mostly I think it was because it gave me a bit of a been there seen that feeling as the way it was written was similar to sandman, not suprising but for some reason it anoyed me (probably because i had to high expectations). But all in all a good book. view post

posted 17 Jul 2004, 20:07 by Taliesin, Peralogue

I, too, read it as a result of wotmania (what would I do without all the recs I get there?) and I really loved it. The whole concept of these various gods transplanted here by their believers, but struggling in a world that's forgetting them, I found to be rather neat. I then loaned the book to my dad, and he thought it was way too weird.... oops. view post

posted 18 Jul 2004, 12:07 by painbird, Candidate

i read the book and enjoyed it very much. has anyone read any china mievelle? view post

posted 18 Jul 2004, 13:07 by Kingslayer, Candidate

I have read American Gods, Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. I have all of his books including a couple of his childrens books simply cuz they are good stories (Like Coraline). Good Omens was an excellent book (Authored along with Terry Pratchett) Painbird: I own both Perdido Street Station and The Scar by Meiville but i have yet to get around to reading them. I have heard great things though. view post

posted 18 Jul 2004, 17:07 by Grantaire, Moderator

Yes, I have read Perdido Street Station. Another superb book. view post

posted 18 Jul 2004, 18:07 by painbird, Candidate

i read Perdido and that was a great book. mievelle writes some amazing fantasy. view post

posted 18 Jul 2004, 19:07 by Grantaire, Moderator

True 'dat view post

posted 19 Jul 2004, 01:07 by saintjon, Auditor

Read American Gods and liked it very well. The most interesting god IMO was Czernobog, and all I've been able to find about him was a little half page in this huge mythology book they had at Chapter's, so I wonder where I could read more about him. view post

posted 19 Jul 2004, 01:07 by painbird, Candidate found some stuff on google. view post

posted 25 Jul 2004, 16:07 by Mithfânion, Didact

Read it as well, rate it 8 stars out of 10, something which not many books make. Good characterization, even better concept, flair for storytelling, emotionally engaging, yes, this was a fine effort. And to think that after my first try I only reached page 150 and put it down with the idea never to be picked up again, since I thought it was nothing else than a travellogue in the beginning. view post

posted 26 Jul 2004, 19:07 by Edge, Peralogue

Read it and enjoyed it. Couldn't help thinking it bore a strong similarity thematically to Pterry's [i:2hsa0mun] Small Gods [/i:2hsa0mun]. view post

posted 03 Aug 2004, 20:08 by MagnanimousOne, Candidate

This was a Book Club selection at the Malazan board. Here's my (short) reveiw: ** Minor Spoilers ** Here's the environment for Gaiman's story: by worshipping you create (or add power to) the object of worship. The stronger and more volumous the devotion, the more powerful the idol. Thus are Gods created. Not a new idea in fantasy fiction. So we see all the 'old gods' as weak and insignificant whereas the 'new gods' with masses of followers wield mightier swords so to speak. The old gods now feel threatened by the new gods and seek to band together to fight them, fearing total annihilation, one by one, if they do not. I found this book to be a pretty easy read. The characters were generally likeable and the writing style was enjoyable. I agree that the ideas in the book are not new but maybe Gaiman explored the whole 'worship creates' thing a little further. Shadow was a sad guy; not much emotion, very little in the way of a vision for his own future. He was very much disinterested in his life. It almost seemed like the basis for the first half of the book, just different examples of how little he cared. As time went on he started caring, first about 'the cause' and finally about himself. With some extra credit for reading enjoyment I would rate this a 7.5/10. I have added Gaiman to my list of authors to buy when I see anything in the used bookstore. view post

Certainly posted 04 Aug 2004, 18:08 by Alric, Auditor

I was one of the orginal recommenders back on wotmania. It was the first Gaiman book that I had read, and it interested and entertained me greatly. I've also read Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and "The Tain" by Mieville, who I think is quite talented and could potentially be truly great. I have Iron Council on my shelf, and I'm looking forward to that read as well. Next on my list for Gaiman is Neverwhere. view post

posted 08 Aug 2004, 01:08 by Grantaire, Moderator

Alric, after you read Neverwhere, would you mind posting a review here or on wotmania? Thanks, the story seems to be quite different than American Gods, I'd like to know how much you like it. view post

posted 09 Aug 2004, 15:08 by Alric, Auditor

Certainly will post a review. It'd be unlike me not to, actually. :wink: view post

posted 09 Aug 2004, 19:08 by Rellion, Candidate

I did pick up this book. I'm very fond of Gaiman and I thought it was an excellent novel with some very interesting interpretations on mythology. I would definitely recommend it and Neverwhere if you're just getting into him as an author. view post

posted 15 Aug 2004, 06:08 by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I havent read this yet, although after reading the short story in Legend's 2 plan to now. Similar themes are explored in a couple of Tom Holt books I think although from what Ive heard probably not as well. An example of that would be his Ye Gods which has a Herculean Hero in the modern age. If your thinking of Holt I'd say to go for Portable Door, followed by In Your Dreams which I think are perhaps his best so far. view post

posted 02 Sep 2004, 22:09 by AjDeath, Didact

I thought this book was great. It was also a bit wierd, which I like. Neverwhere was damn interesting too. view post

posted 29 Oct 2004, 08:10 by Born of Fantasy, Commoner

[b:3kg6kvn1]American Gods[/b:3kg6kvn1] is in my opinion one of the best stand alone novels to come out in fantasy in the last 10 years or so. [b:3kg6kvn1]Neil Gaiman[/b:3kg6kvn1], succesful [b:3kg6kvn1]Sandman[/b:3kg6kvn1] run in comics [b:3kg6kvn1](Vertigo[/b:3kg6kvn1]) was no fluke. One of teh few writers of any genre I can honestly say neevr fails to do superior worl. [b:3kg6kvn1]Coraline, Neverwhere[/b:3kg6kvn1], and [b:3kg6kvn1]Stardust [/b:3kg6kvn1]testements to his continued and what seem unending excellence. view post

posted 14 Mar 2006, 18:03 by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

[quote="Kingslayer":1y8objxu]I have read American Gods, Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. I have all of his books including a couple of his childrens books simply cuz they are good stories (Like Coraline). Good Omens was an excellent book (Authored along with Terry Pratchett).[/quote:1y8objxu] i read good omens some years ago, and then was recommended american gods afterwards. i think both are excellent. i've since lent it to so many people to read, who have pretty much all enjoyed it very much. i enjoyed good omens more, simply because it was so much fun. i'd end up laughing on the bus and having people stare at me all weird like. anyone read anansi boys yet? i got it for yule and it was wicked. actually, anything by neil gaiman is pretty good. i loved coraline. view post

posted 19 Mar 2006, 16:03 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I picked up American Gods about a year ago, and like someone has said I think it is the best standalone fantasy novel I've ever read. Neverwhere was quite good too. I picked up Anansi Boys in the fall and really enjoyed it. I think overall I liked American Gods better, with Anansi Boys you sort of already knew the world a little bit but there were still lots of surprises. view post

posted 29 Mar 2006, 01:03 by glaz, Peralogue

i've read Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, and even Good Omens. among the 4, i enjoyed Stardust a lot, simply because it had that "idealistic appeal" to readers. it makes me remember what it felt like reading for the first time, being ideal, and having that "fairy-tale ending" every kid dreamt about. view post

posted 29 Mar 2006, 02:03 by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

wow. A 2-year resurrect. I was not all that thrilled with American Gods. It was OK, but the ending was such a fucking letdown. Gaimen has great ideas and starts with a great premise...and then fails in the delivery pretty consistently. I still like his ideas, but I haven't even touched Anansi Boys yet just for this reason. view post

posted 29 Mar 2006, 11:03 by Randal, Auditor

Hmm... whilst that was true for American Gods, it definitely wasn't for Sandman. That one only grew in strength towards the end. I'm not into comics for the most part, but Sandman is a work of the highest art. I also strongly recommend his short story collection "smoke and mirrors." In the short story format, Gaiman's strong ideas are more effective than ever, and aren't hampered by dud finales. Some stories are funny, (chivalry) some are disturbing (babycakes) and some are just so weird in concept you can't help but enjoy them. (bay wolf) view post

posted 29 Mar 2006, 17:03 by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I completely agree about Sandman. I was referring only to his long-form novels. view post

posted 22 Apr 2006, 21:04 by DarkMatter, Peralogue

I liked American Gods, but from all I had heard about it, I expected it to be better. It's a good book, just a bit hyped. view post

posted 01 May 2006, 07:05 by Primal, Peralogue

Yeah, read the book. It was alright view post

posted 11 May 2006, 13:05 by Inkdaub, Candidate

I love Gaiman but I did not like American Gods. I'm not sure why really. Shadow just irritated me for some reason. He seems too passive...I had no respect for him. I don't know. Didn't like the book for whatever reason. view post

posted 01 Jul 2006, 23:07 by Muflon, Commoner

I read it. It was good, but nothing outstanding. I didn't like that concept of weird fantasy, I like more classic fantasy, swords and magic stuff. view post

posted 30 Dec 2006, 04:12 by paddyenglish, Candidate

I read American gods and really loved it, the mixture of mythology and fantasy in the weird cast appealed to me greatly. Also the Sandman graphic novels were amazing if a little short. Read all that China M has put out to, of the same ilk as Gaiman (in that there both new, creative and obviously borderline insane :lol: ) view post

Okay book posted 26 Mar 2007, 02:03 by Dassem Ultor, Commoner

Gaiman is not my favourite author but he writes well enough that I read American Gods to the end and then picked up another of his books. Worth the read if you are not knee deep in other interesting authors. By the bye ... anyone read any Wade Stanley? view post


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