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American Gods (The Tenth Anniversary Edition) - Enhanced Edition

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

One of my favorite books of all time!

Neil Gaiman is exceptionally skilled at blending simple and elegant prose into a narrative which steals your inner cynic and makes his imaginative and masterfully created worlds come to life. This work is by far one of his best and a wonderful introduction to Neil Gaima...
Neil Gaiman is exceptionally skilled at blending simple and elegant prose into a narrative which steals your inner cynic and makes his imaginative and masterfully created worlds come to life. This work is by far one of his best and a wonderful introduction to Neil Gaiman's repertoire for new and seasoned fantasy readers alike.

posted by nhurtz on February 15, 2012

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2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A fun fantasy

A fun fantasy, but by no stretch of anyone's imagination (except maybe Gaiman's friends eager to pile awards on him) science fiction. The premise is silly and been done before, but who cares? Gaiman delivers an engaging tale. Wonderful feel.

Liked the cons. Explained...
A fun fantasy, but by no stretch of anyone's imagination (except maybe Gaiman's friends eager to pile awards on him) science fiction. The premise is silly and been done before, but who cares? Gaiman delivers an engaging tale. Wonderful feel.

Liked the cons. Explained enough that the watchful reader could spot the big con coming at the climax. On the other hand, too much explanation of the coin tricks., Yes, Gaiman needed to know exactly how to do them, but he needn't have burdened the reader with so much detail. Broke the flow of the story.

Great protagonist, gradually revealed. Was disappointed who his father was revealed to be. Yeah, it made sense in the context, but it was like learning only folks with high midi-chlorians counts can be Jedi. Liked Shadow better as "everyman" (we knew he wasn't a muggle) rather than the son of [but that would be telling!].

Gaiman asks himself, how dare he (a Brit) write such a book about American. Why not? America as a concept belongs to the world. Besides, as de Tocqueville demonstrated almost two hundred years ago, non-natives sometimes understand what makes Americans tick better than natives.

posted by 10014165 on November 2, 2012

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