American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Okay so this was the first Neil Gaiman I've read. I have Stardust and Neverwhere in my Kindle library but this was the first one I chose because it had all the hype.
It was ok.
First, let me begin by saying that I found it hilarious that I kept thinking I was reading Stephen King. Like, hardcore forgot I was NOT reading Stephen King. So much so, I googled it and it's a thing. But like, people who read Gaiman who have never read King have *no idea* he sounds *EXACTLY* like Stephen King and they get all angry about it. It is hilarious. But sorry to break it to you, he reads like a discount Stephen King.
This book was alright. I wanted to like it more, but it just wasn't that great. He maunders too much. Most of the book nothing happens at all, it's just introspection about nothing. Not even personal reflection, just lackadaisical daydreaming that does not move the plot forward at all. This happens a lot and the main character isn't even that interesting or engaging. The entire time I read this book I kept waiting for something to happen. I guess this is a legitimate way to actually sell books, but it wasn't fun tenterhooks, it was just bored waiting. The climax of the book wasn't even that rewarding.
The most interesting thing about this book is the concept - that 'copies/clones' of old gods have come here to America from all the immigrants over the last 15 thousand years - and they are having a war with the "new" gods of commerce/media. I mean, I can see how it might have been cool in 2001 when this was released, but 15 years on it's a bit old. I don't know, I just was so looking forward to *finally* reading Neil Gaiman who is just worshipped and I found him to be just above average. Not sure I'll bother with Stardust or Neverwhere, to be perfectly honest. Too many other authors to try. I don't know.
I think the best thing that can be said about Neil Gaiman is that he pursued Susannah Clark to write Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, recognizing genius where he sees it.
My guess is the TV show (similarly to Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire) will take the bones of the story that is decent and improve upon it heavily.
I only highlighted one single sentence in the entire book, a partial sentence but one I found ironic, "when I was still of an age where a book could change me forever."
Unfortunately for Neil Gaiman and American Gods, I'm too old for it ;)