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American Gods (American Gods) – Neil Gaiman

American Gods (American Gods) – Neil Gaiman

Poetic prose, horror, sex satire as well as a mystery- American Gods makes use of these in order to keep readers engaged. As this apocalyptic story progresses, the author balances many diverse narratives in order to keep the narrative from becoming too grandiose. Gaiman uses a fair amount of wit on the entire story. 

American Gods were released in 2001 by Neil Gaiman, a renowned author from Britain. This is one of the most popular fantasy novels with a blend of daydream, Americana, and different threads of old and contemporary mythology, all focusing on the reticent and mysterious Shadow. 

Published by Headline in 2001 in the UK and the US by William Morrow, American Gods, received a positive and constructive significant response to many book readers. In the year 2002, this fantasy novel won various awards, including Nebula and Hugo. 

Mr. Shadow and Mr. Wednesday

This book is considered encouraging wherein the US melting pot expands not just too worldly but also to varied selections of discontented and dissatisfied deities and gods. In the first chapter, the author introduced Shadows; he is a guy who has been out from jail only to know that his significant other has died in an accident. Due to depression and being alone, he decided to work with Mr. Wednesday as a guard.

Mr. Wednesday is an omniscient one-eye grifter. After a few weeks, Mr. Shadow finds himself in a different world, wherein he is preoccupied with prophetic dreams and visited by his dead partner. 

As Shadow travels around the country along with his boss, Mr. Wednesday, he starts to find out that he is not working with an ordinary person. Mr. Wednesday discloses himself to be Scandinavian god chief like, for instance, and Mr. Nancy, his assistant, becomes Anansi, a spider trickster from Africa. 

Americans have been trading in these fables for newer deities, the god of a freeway, telephone and internet, gods of credit cards who are puffed up with importance and newness. Shadow companions are frightened and horrified that unless they redo and redraw as well as remade the world in their figure, then the whole thing is over. Mr. Wednesday, along with his band’s wages, an underworld fight against the latest regime. This is too much, but the author who is recognized as the maker of the valued and esteemed series of DC Comics Sandman- has a smart hand that has the myths and legends he tinkers with here. 

To Sum it Up

With its fabled and legendary puns, echoes, in-jokes as well as other decodable references, this book will please and delight the type of readers who wants to look for such things. This is a suspense story with an ending which both surprised as well as makes ideal sense, and many passages of imagistic and powerful writing.

However, the author missed the American tendency for spiritual fanaticism. Neil Gaiman has precisely nailed the way people talk, a number of the most pungent and acceptable characters are those minor ones.

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