American Gods was my first introduction to Neil Gaiman. Wow! This was an experience and not all of it pleasant ❗ While reading it I was often reminded of Irvine Welsh’s “rivetting” Trainspotting. That was another one of those books where I kept asking myself, “This is so strange. Why am I reading this? Why am I turning pages so fast? Why is this so compelling? It’s so dark, crinkly, demanding, and often uncomfortable. Why is it so good? I just don’t know. But it is.” 😎
I’d seen & heard recommendations for this book in lots of places over the past year, or so. It won Hugo and Nebula awards which matter to me. But I never pulled the trigger. It seemed to “darkish”. ( Like what Tim Burton would write like if he wrote books [ which was a correct impression] ) I finally took a chance when it showed up 12th in audible’s recently released Essential 100 this past month. I’m glad I got it.