Just purchased a copy of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It’s the 10th anniversary edition, with extra material: The Monarch of the Glen, an American Gods Novella & the twitter interview & new author introduction.
The ‘twitter interview’ from SFX magazine dated 11 April 2011. And today is 24 June! I’m so exciting, because I never hold a book so fresh-from-the-oven before! (beside my own books. And my husband’s books. And some gift books from other authors & publisher… this is a long list btw ^_^)
I don’t know what to expect from this book. I just missed reading another Neil Gaiman craft since the last time I finished The Graveyard Book. As Neil Gaiman said on the introduction, reader of this book either loved it or hated it. I just hope I wont ended on the ‘hated it’ list. 🙂
There is one line I love on the introduction about Neil conversation with Gene Wolfe. (I think it’s about 19 years ago) When he was just done with his first draft, he asked Gene if he know any wisest writer who had written excellent novels for he felt the need to learn from. And Gene told him,
“You never learn how to write a novel.
You only learn to write the novel you’re on.”
Years later Neil realized: Gene was right!
And I think they’re right! (Although I’ve only been here for 5 years, I’m just a toddler! 😀) Just thinking, its the thing that I loved the most from writing: I got to learn something new as I write… every single page, every single word…
This American Gods has 658 pages. I may need ages to finish it. I’ll write my review when I’m done, not very soon for sure 🙂
- Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Planned as Six-Season HBO Arc (slashfilm.com)
- The Graveyard Book Review (farahhidayati.wordpress.com)