American Gods by Neil GaimanAdult Fantasy
For me, Neil Gaiman is a very hit or miss author. When he hits it, it's out of the park. It's a book so good you can't resist telling other people about the book and such an amazing author. He can string together stories and words like a master weaver. When he misses, it's so off the mark, it should be measured in astronomical terms. This book, for me, was a mixture of both.
The first part of the book is a gigantic miss. It takes forever to care about the characters or even understand what they have to do with one another and how their stories combine. I put the book down about twenty times and only persisted because I finish every book I start, no exceptions. I'm glad I did, though, because the second half of the book is a huge hit. Once I actually started caring about them, the pages seemed to roll by faster and faster and I couldn't wait to hear how the whole thing would end.
Throughout it all, I did particularly love the mythical references. I raced to my computer time and again to Wiki who all of these fascinating characters were. I can't imagine such a brain that could hold all the information and make a story out of it. The mythical information was much more pleasing to read about than the main character, though.