October 24, 2011
By, Brittany Pedersen
Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods has enough mythology references to tickle any myth geek’s toes. The novel is dense with names of gods, heroes and mythological creatures with a main focus on Norwegian and the new ‘American’ gods like TV, cars, electricity, and the Internet. The story is set in modern America where the new gods rule and the old gods roam, forgotten, through cities and towns reminiscing about the good old days.
The novel follows Shadow, the main character, who has just finished serving time in prison. While on an airplane, he meets Mr. Wednesday a strange man in a white suit who knows things about Shadow that no one else does. Wednesday mentions a storm is coming and he isn’t talking about the storm causing the turbulence on the airplane. Without realizing it, Shadow falls head first into a war between gods old and new.
American Gods takes readers on a fantastical journey across America and because of the epic proportion of this novel and the excellent writing; the book has won numerous awards including the Hugo and the Nebula. However, it seems that American Gods will soon not just be a book but an HBO series, too.