Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: March 4, 2005 (originally published 2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Contemporary
American Gods tells the story of a man named Shadow that is released from prison early after being informed that his wife has passed away. While it is never explicitly stated why Shadow was in jail, it appears that he was mixed up in some sort of robbery for his wife that went wrong.
Shadow gets on a plane after being released from jail, unsure of where he is going to go next. He meets an older gentleman that knows a strange amount of information about Shadow and this older guy tells Shadow that he will hire him.
Shadow tries to ignore the older man and eventually gets of the plane at an earlier stop to avoid him. However, the old man has followed Shadow and will not leave him alone. Eventually Shadow agrees to work for the old man and embarks on a journey he never thought he would be on.
Shadow travels with the older man as they prepare for a war against the old gods and the new.
This was a really strange idea for a book that I freakin’ love. Neil Gaiman is a master at making weird ideas come to life in a way that is relatable and enjoyable. This was the first Neil Gaiman book that I ever read and will definitely not be the last!