What happens when the gods from all the religions of the world are left abandoned and unworshiped in a strange new land? Some scratch out a living in low wage jobs -taxi drivers, stock boys and fortune tellers. Others move to the margins of society as grifters, petty thieves and prostitutes. They watch as the new gods; television, media and the automobile, rise to power and glory. Shadow Moon, recently widowed and fresh out of prison, is hired as assistant to the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. During the next few months, in a journey that is part road-trip and part head-trip, Shadow finds himself at centre stage during the war of the gods.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller. This book has a wonderfully intricate storyline, in which small details and casual remarks can be revisited and traced to future events or religious myths. Despite its length, the book was a quick and fascinating read. Shadow is a compelling character: strong, silent and with hidden depths. Gaiman’s exploration of middle America and his explanation for the success of tacky roadside attractions was quite fun. Despite these positive points, reaction to this novel among the Critics was mixed. Some found the violence and horror put them off, despite their interest in the general plot.