I read American Gods a few years ago and enjoyed it but it didn’t really grab me. But, I
have to admit, I’m excited about the upcoming TV adaptation. William Morrow has taken advantage of the hype to re-release American Gods today with a new cover. They were kind enough to send me a copy, so I have an excuse to revisit American Gods and read the Author’s Preferred Edition (the review below is of the original version).
American Gods is the sort of book that you can tell is supposed to be Important and to offer some great insight into American culture. But for the life of me I can’t pin down just what that importance is. And if it’s a look into Middle America, but it’s cloudy, as if viewed through a smoky piece of glass. I suspect people whose only view of Middle America is from above (and from fiction) will read it and say, ‘yes, it’s just like that!’ and people like myself who have lived in Middle America will read it and say, ‘no, that’s not quite right.’ What’s left is just a book full of beautiful prose and mediocre plotting (the plotting remains to be seen, but it certainly seems that the TV adaptation will have some striking visuals).