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My rating: 5 out of 5

My review:

How Neil Gaiman does what he does is beyond me. American Gods is as unreal as it’s full of reality we deal with every day. War is coming to America. War that can only be won with sacrifices and belief. Characters in Neverwhere seemed peculiar to me, but American Gods is certainly trying to surpass it. Shadow, an ex-criminal with knack for coin tricks is flying home, to get back to his wife. To start living and working again. However a man calling himself Mr. Wednesday tries to offer Shadow a deal. It’s a magnificent book and it’s hard to say *anything about the storyline without saying too much. This is not a religious text, but it would actually not be out of place in a Church library because it’s dealing with believing and doing things that are not common in everyday life. It’s a book I’ll return to sooner or later. One quote to give you a glimpse:

“People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe. And then they will not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjurations. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe: and it is that belief, that rock-solid belief, that makes things happen.”

Edit: I’ve read the book again, and it just got better. All the gods are both powerful and utterly powerless when confronted with humans.