I seem lately to revisit the same author again and again during the course of a year. It was George R.R. Martin in 2007, Bill Bryson in 2008, and 2009 is the year of Neil Gaiman - a very good year to have. American Gods is the fourth of his books I've read so far this year (and overall), and just as amazing as the others, though in a different way.

Shadow, the main character, has lost nearly everything. After losing three years of his life in prison, he loses his wife, the job he'd had waiting on the outside, and pretty much any hope for the future in a single day. Just released, he meets an enigmatic man called Wednesday who offers Shadow a job and won't take no for an answer. Shadow eventually agrees and begins traveling the country with Wednesday, meeting a series of increasingly strange characters, both in life and in dreams.

The word that kept running through my head as I read this was "convergence." Every detail was significant in ways I mostly never imagined. This book is astonishing, and fantastic in more than one sense of the word. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to continue the Year of Gaiman.
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