As is the author's wont, Gaiman takes us on an enjoyable and unforgettable ride. He is a master storyteller, no doubt. His brand of witty humor can be found throughout this yarn, yet make no mistake: American Gods is a thoughtful tale that resounds with depth. The way he tinkers with the various mythologies forming the backdrop of this novel is nothing short of astounding.
At times hilarious and at times poignant, American Gods is a well-balanced book. Rich in emotions and details, with well-crafted characters and storylines, as well as an arresting imagery, this one will keep you reading well past your bedtime a few days running. I was utterly captivated, and I didn't want it to end.
It's not just Gaiman's fertile imagination which imbues this novel with so much life. No, it's the author's uncanny perception of the world around him which makes American Gods such a genuine study of the cultural heritage of the multiethnic population that is endemic to the USA.
Neil Gaiman has captured the American "small town" feel like few writers have been able to do, especially considering that he is not American himself. It feels as though he managed to condense the very essence of what is the United States of America, in all its complexity and idiosyncraties.
In the end, American Gods is many things: Provocative, moving, engrossing, funny, original. But most of all, it's a wonderful read accessible to any reader looking for a quality read. It's no surprise, then, to realize that this title was able to transcend the boundaries of speculative fiction.
Once more, I have to wonder how I could let this book sit there for so long. If, like me, you already own this fantastic novel, please put it at the very top of your "books to read" pile. And if you don't already have a copy, I suggest you buy it ASAP. Doubtless, American Gods will be one of your favorite reads of the year!
The final verdict: 9/10