American GodsAmazon Blurb: Gaiman’s protagonist Shadow has patiently done his time in prison. But as the moment of his release approaches, he begins to sense that some unnamed disaster is lying in wait for him. As he makes his way home, he encounters the mysterious Mr Wednesday, who appears to be both a refugee from a distant country at war and the King of America. And perhaps even a god. As Shadow and Mr Wednesday begin a bizarre odyssey across the United States, solving murders is only one of their accomplishments. With an epic storm of supernatural origin brewing, one questions whether they will be destroyed before Shadow pays the price for grim mistakes in his past. My Thoughts: This is modern urban fantasy, currently my second favourite genre. Gaiman takes us on a journey through America and old myths in twisted into a modern world. Gods old and new abound, machiavellian schemes twist around each other as the war ramps up, the infighting increases and the end game snaps closed. With a better editor you could knock about one third out of this book easily, and it would be all gain. Gaimanâ€™s prose wanders around, sometimes wandering so far that youâ€™re left shouting â€˜Over here, the plotâ€™s this way!â€™. It has another couple of minor flaws, the hasty ending falls a little flat and throughout Mr Wednesday is far more engaging than Shadow. If you can cope with the wandering then this is worth reading, Gaiman continues the modernising of the fantasy genre, taking the old and mixing it with the new to form something thatâ€™s, as they say, a page turner. Recommended.