This is the 10th anniversary edition that I'm reviewing, which means that there should be 10 years worth of reviews already, and anyone who is a Neil Gaiman fan will have already read it.
That said, here goes: it an old idea that you've seen before in a couple of Star Trek episodes and who knows elsewhere: the Greek gods or some other gods (in this case, pretty much all gods, in any pantheon that ever existed) are (or were) real! They derive their power from being worshiped, and only die if they are forgotten.
The twist: believers bring their gods with them when they emigrate. We have old world gods in the new world. New gods don't get along with the old ones, and a conflict ensues.
We follow one individual, Shadow, who isn't himself a god, but who might be employed by one, on journeys to various odd locations in the U.S. which are focal points of power. Not knowing much lore, he nevertheless has to do his best to fulfill his employer's missions, feeling his way through potential dangers and political intrigue.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1 edition (7 July 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747594066
- ISBN-13: 978-0747594062
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 22.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
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Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
107,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #6562 in Fantasy & Magic for Children