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The Gods Are Not Dead,
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This review is from: American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
Reading American Gods is like traveling down a long, meandering river. You're not sure where this river is going, but the journey is beautiful, the scenery is sublime, and you don't ever want it to end.
The gods are not dead. But in America they are no longer all powerful. Perhaps they never were all powerful, but they would have you believe that they were. Wave after wave of people came to America. Wave after wave of gods came along for the ride, traveling in the heads of countless number of immigrants. Now in twenty-first century America, the old gods that you're familiar with, the gods you may not be familiar with from less culturally successful imperialistic societies, and the new gods of science and technology all commingle uneasily. Bereft of belief, they grow less powerful and at the same time they grow proportionally more desperate to retain their existence.
And so we meet the protagonist of this story, a man named Shadow. Through his eyes we are taken into a journey across America. While traveling with him, we discover just what the state of those American gods really is and we also discover a/the soul of America. To write more about the specifics of the story would ruin it. Part of the joy of the story is the discovery.
But just like that, the journey ends. Sadly. Would that were more because the America that Neil Gaiman writes about is a beautiful land, a land that I wish I could continue to meander through.