American Gods: Made in the U.S.A.

Review of American Gods by Neil GaimanLike pretty much everyone on the internet, I count myself something of a Neil Gaiman fan. His comics are excellent, his short stories are consistently good, and two of his novels—Neverwhere (1996) and The Graveyard Book (2008)—are easily among the best books I have ever read. The man is clearly a gifted public speaker, and brilliantly narrates the audiobook versions of many of his works. So it came as something of a shock to me that I didn’t love his most … [Read more...]

The Battle for America’s Soul in American Gods

Review of American Gods by Neil GaimanBy JULIA POLESENeil Gaiman’s American Gods hit all the right buttons. Gaiman himself described it as an “American phantasmagoria,” an extraordinarily apt descriptor (See the interview with Gaiman in the 10th anniversary edition). It’s a fantasy novel with deep philosophical underpinnings, a healthy dollop of whimsy, and a satisfying amount of Americana. The book follows Shadow, an ex-con who is let out of prison early for good behavior upon the ev … [Read more...]