American Gods by Neil Gaiman (mini review)

 

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  • Title: American Gods
  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Publication date: 2003
  • Format: physical copy

Synopsis from Goodreads:  “Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming — a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path.

One of the most talked-about books of the new millennium, American Gods is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an American landscape at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. It is, quite simply, a contemporary masterpiece.”

Mini Review:

This is the second Neil Gaiman book I’ve read and I really enjoyed it! This book has a multitude of characters (old Gods and new Gods) which sometimes made it hard to follow but the story was really interesting and it held my attention to the end! I loved the idea of old Gods and new Gods battling for their place in America. I also liked the idea that people brought versions of their Gods with them when they immigrated to America. These Gods draw power from being worshipped by their people but, generations later, when a lot are forgotten.. they have to make do by blending in to society and living somewhat ordinary lives. It really humanised them. I want to learn more about mythology now!

Overall, American Gods was a great book with interesting characters. I will definitely check out Gaiman’s other books.

Rating – 4/5

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The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

From Goodreads: “Opens at Nightfall; Closes at Dawn.” The Le Cirque des Rêves is a circus unlike any other, just as this magical debut novel is equally unique. At the center of The Night Circus spectacle are two specially gifted young magicians, Celia and Marco, pitted against each other in professional competition, drawn towards one another in love. Erin Morgenstern’s literary fantasy has already drawn raves for its captivating evocativeness: “A world of almost unbearable beauty…. A love story on a grand scale: it creates, it destroys, it ultimately transcends.” “A novel so magical that there is no escape.”

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a beautifully mastered world of magic. The story follows the idea of Chandresh Christophe Lefevre to start a gorgeous black and white Circus that tours the world. He auditions the best of the best to perform and take part in his circus. What he doesn’t realize is that his Circus is the battle ground for something bigger; A competition between two chosen magicians. What they do not know, in order to win this competition only one will remain standing. With the competition on its way, and the Circus appearing out of nowhere in cities around the world, no one expects feelings to surface between the magicians. This only makes the battle more difficult.

The story entwines with the story of young Bailey, who first came about the Circus when it randomly appears in his town. From that moment on, the circus remains the only thing on his mind, as well as a white glove he receives from the gorgeous redhead within the circus grounds. In the end, both stories come together in a shocking outcome.

This was an amazing read with an even more amazing tale. I was captivated from the very first page and found it difficult to put this book down. Erin Morgenstern writes beautifully, capturing the circus and magic like no other. It felt real, alive. I could see myself walking through The Night Circus, watching the Illusionist perform, dazzled by what I was seeing. The switching of narratives between main characters allowed me to get inside their heads and learn more about each and every one of them. It was fantastic! The magic transported me back to my Harry Potter days. Anyone looking for a similar but far from it book to Harry Potter should check this out! This is my favorite book of the year, perhaps even YEARS! I highly recommend it!

Rating – 5/5