I had a crisis last weekend. I finished my book and I couldn’t find anything else I wanted to read. I have hundreds of books. I have maybe 50 on my physical TBR pile and another 20 or 30 on my Kindle app. But I didn’t want to read any of them! So I did what any rational person would do and took to Facebook to find out what other people had been reading. There were a lot of replies and it’s extended my TBR pile even further, but I didn’t fancy any of those either. Just as I was starting to worry about myself, I remembered my book lists. And so I found this book.
I’ve read a short story, a novella and a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman, but this was the first novel. It’s pretty hefty, it took me almost a week to read and I spend virtually all my (admittedly limited) spare time reading!
As the story opens, Shadow is coming to the end of his three years in jail. He has just a couple of days left, when he receives the devastating news that his wife and best friend have both been killed in a road accident. On his way home he meets the mysterious Mr Wednesday who offers him a job and isn’t prepared to take no for an answer. Eventually he agrees and so sets out on a weird and wonderful adventure, meeting old gods and new and visiting some strange landmarks along the way. As Shadow and Mr Wednesday wreak havoc in each other’s lives, we discover the real source of the gods’ power and some amazing sleight of hand coin tricks.
The thing I loved about this book was that it was totally surreal, but it doesn’t seem at all strange while you’re reading it. It has some history and some mythology mixed in, which I really enjoyed and the characters are really interesting. I can’t actually find anything that would have improved this for me, it was completely absorbing. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m on my way to add Neil Gaiman’s other novels to my wishlist!
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