"American Gods"

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"American Gods"

American Gods, coverEvery few years I reread Gaiman's epic fantasy novel about what happens when the "old gods"--Odin, Anubis, Kali, and their ilk--get frustrated with their lack of worshippers in the modern world. 

The old gods wage war on the new "American" gods that have replaced them, such as technology, celebrity and the media, all hilariously personified. 

Shadow, an ex-con who has just lost his wife, gets dragged into the fight on the side of the old gods, but soon realizes that they are keeping a lot of secrets from him.  Besides being a serious page-turner, this novel is an accessible fantasy for those who don't usually read the genre, and the ending features one of the cleverest plot twists that I've ever encountered.

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