american-gods-1Okay, I’ll be bru­tal­ly hon­est. Some­times I’m a skim­mer. Some­times I just real­ly get so invest­ed in a book that I skip para­graphs so that I can learn what hap­pens next. It’s a real­ly bad habit that I’m try­ing to fix.

There is one book that I’ve read, how­ev­er, that sucked me in so solid­ly that I read every sing word and lin­gered on all of them. This is that book. In fact, when I read this book, instead of rush­ing through it eager­ly, I was so invest­ed and inter­est­ed and every­thing that I would put the book down for days after each chap­ter because I just real­ly real­ly didn’t want it to end. To some peo­ple it might sound a lit­tle back­wards that the book that I love the most is one that took ages to read. But it’s how it hap­pened.

I have read Amer­i­can Gods three times now. And each time, it was even bet­ter, and more full of hid­den bits of truth and secrets.  The very first time I read Amer­i­can Gods, I was in Ire­land for six months. I was already sur­round­ed by this feel­ing of mag­ic behind the leaves of the world, and the hope that may­be I would see a fairy over the next hill. Read­ing a tale of Gods in our world while liv­ing in a place where there were sure­ly fairies was intense. Mag­i­cal. Won­der­ful.

But you don’t have to be in Ire­land to feel the mag­ic in this book. Okay, may­be mag­ic is a strange word.… Pow­er? Mys­ti­cism? It def­i­nite­ly instills a sense of mys­tery, of pon­der­ing. It is not a hap­py mag­ic. It’s a mag­ic that drinks your dark­ness and eats you up in the night.

I high­ly rec­om­mend this book. In fact, if some­one comes into the store and asks for a book rec­om­men­da­tion, this is my sec­ond choice. (My first is Good Omens, because it’s lighter, and some­times peo­ple just don’t have ener­gy for a book that pulls you all­l­ll the way in.) But if you are a fan of Neil Gaiman at ALL, you must read this book.

Also, side note, if you read this book once and liked it, you should prob­a­bly read it again. It’s now avail­able in the ‘Author’s Pre­ferred Text’ ver­sion, which is how Neil wish­es it had be done the first time around. So you should read that ver­sion for sure!!

 

 

So, what do you think?