>American Gods by Neil Gaiman

>The whole time I read this book, I couldn’t help but think about a cartoon that I used to watch with my children, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. It was about a house full of outgrown imaginary friends waiting to be adopted. Actually, the only similarity that cartoon had with  American Gods was the concept that these imaginary friends became real because someone believed in them.
Neil Gaiman brought to life a world where gods, mythological and fantastical creatures exist only because people believe in them. In the early days of America, immigrants brought their beliefs with them, which then became embodied as living, breathing creatures: Leprechauns, Norse gods, Egyptian gods, etc. These gods still exist even though they are becoming old and weak. They are being pushed aside by new gods such as Media, Internet, Television, Interstate Highways, etc. The tension between the two factions increases as they compete for attention. Shadow, an ex-con, must decide which side to take as he is led by his new employer, Mr. Wednesday (Odin), across America trying to round up allies for the impending war between the gods.
I have to admit, I didn’t know half the gods that were mentioned in this story and spent a lot of time on the Internet looking them up.  Gaiman did an awesome job of bringing them all together and making them fit in the American landscape.  A great book by a great author; well worth a re-read. I have no idea why it took me so long to get around to reading it, but I’m glad I did.
I hear they may make a movie or a tv serious out of this. I have mixed feelings about that after all the butchered books that were made into film in the past. Hopefully, if they do go ahead and put this on screen, it will follow the book as close as possible.

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