Okay, this book was weird and interesting too.
Oh by the way, if you are watching the TV show and have not read the book you will probably see spoilers somewhere down there.
Well, I will try not to drop too many spoilers while talking randomly about the book.
I decided to read this book after I saw the trailer for the TV show American Gods on Amazon Prime on Facebook and I loved the show immediately but I never checked to see if it had a book or not, but when I found out that the show is an adaption of a book I went to look for the book so I can consume it. And the book was exciting although I was not really really expecting the plot twist at the end of the book (chuckles).
The book started with the appearance a man named Shadow who apparently caught the attention of Odin (Mr. Wednesday) and Loki, got manipulated into working for a god who would not accept “No” to his proposal to make him (Shadow) his bodyguard which invariably threw Shadow into an uncontrollable situation which he could not even control even if he tried.
One of the things I loved about the book was how diverse it was about the gods named in it and also the somewhat “history” on how the American Gods came to start existing in America was also exciting to read. These stories about how the gods came to America, for one thing, painted a very clear image of how America even before the Europeans came to America, it already had the Indians who also had their gods and then the Europeans came along with their gods, who desecrated the Indian gods.
The theme of the book was how the old gods and the new gods were trying to have the battle to see who will be the true American gods, but alas save for Mr. Wednesday (Odin) and Mr. World (Loki) who were both playing old god and new gods respectively no one else knew that this battle was a lose-lose for everyone except for those two.
This battle would have led to a huge bloodshed that would have led to the demise of most of the gods (old or/and new), also the bloodshed would have made Odin and Loki regain their old powers and get more powerful. But Shadow (after holding Mr Wednesday’s vigil) ended the battle before it started which was good because if Mr Wednesday had gotten his way and the battle had gone on, the gods who would have died at the battleground would have made him (Mr Wednesday) so powerful, and with how far Mr Wednesday would go to get this power, it’s kind of scary to think of the type of things he would do when he got this power.
Anyway, I should stop here before I end up narrating the whole story and end up spoiling it for some people.
After reading the book I was a bit disappointed that the book has no sequel yet, but I hear the author has plans for a sequel and I hope this is true because I would love to see what happened to Shadow after his trip travelling the world after all the Old gods Vs New gods drama he went through.