What joy! A great long book by Neil Gaiman which I hadn't previously read! Though it was published over ten years ago, somehow I missed it but now... well, it's held me in thrall for the past few days. I fell asleep reading it Thursday night and after a little refreshing nap, woke up and finished it in the wee hours.
I adored this epic fantasy. The premise is that all the gods that were ever brought to America by their worshippers -- Odin, Ganesh, Anansi, Baron Sameda, Kali, Brigid, Eostre, to name only a few-- are still around, hanging on as long as someone, somewhere, believes in them.
But the old gods are being challenged by new ones -- gods with names like Media and Technology . . . And a storm is coming; an epic battle for existence is in the offing.
The protagonist is a man called Shadow, an ex-con hired by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday to...
...but there's no way I can do justice to this magificent wild ride of a novel. I will mention that it won a Hugo and a Nebula -- among other top SciFi/Fantasy awards -- and that it's being made into an HBO series, due out next year.
I've read and reread Gaiman's Neverwhere and Anansi Boys -- what a treat to have another of Gaiman's fantasys to fall into!.