Year 3, Book 73

73. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
So this is really book 72.5 since I didn’t make it all the way through the book, but since I already have another book that I marked as a half I’m adding them together to get to book 73. I normally would not have picked up a Neil Gaiman book knowing that he’s shelved in the sci-fi/fantasy section. I’m just not into those genres. Although based on what I read I would label this as more supernatural rather than what I think of as sci-fi or fantasy. My book club chose this as it’s book for this month, which is why I started reading it. I was about 150 pages into it and not enjoying it when I found out that I was going to be out of town for my sister’s baby shower on the day the book club is meeting so I decided to quit reading it.

As for the book itself I never got far enough into it to really figure out what was going on, but from what I gathered from the 150 pages I did read was that things like fairies, leprechauns and such that people in “old countries” believed in were brought to America when people emigrated here, but then were abandoned for stuff like television (i.e. American Gods). These creatures then somehow blended into society, but seemed to be heading for some sort of uprising or something led by some mysterious guy named Mr. Wednesday, some guy who just got of prison that he coerced into the cause, and the guy’s dead wife who is dead but still walking around haunting him in the flesh. I could be completely wrong about some parts of this plot, but that’s what I got from it. It did not hold any interest for me at all, thus the fact that I quit reading it. I know several people who are in love with Neil Gaiman, so if you like the type of books he writes perhaps you would enjoy it more than I did.

One thought on “Year 3, Book 73

  1. I got 130 pages in today on my flight but it still seems like he is just setting the stage for what’s to come. So far I am interested enough to keep reading, but I like sci-fi/fantasy. But for someone who doesn’t, I can see why it wouldn’t hold much appeal, especially since there is not a whole lot going on yet (at least in the grand scheme of things).

    Hopefully we will pick something you like for the MiB book club. 🙂

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