American Gods by Neil Gaiman (American Gods #1)
Shadow is about to be released from prison when his wife Laura dies in a car accident. On his journey home, he meets the mysterious Mr Wednesday who offers him a job as his driver and errand boy. Mr Wednesday claims to be a god, mostly forgotten and barely worshiped, in the middle of a war threatening to begin.
I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s writing, and really enjoy American Gods. He bring together a vast array of cultures which have been brought over to the USA over the years. While the story is set in the present day, we are also given chapters of flash backs looking at different gods and cultures from the past. The range of characters is great, and I love the way Gaiman created ‘modern gods’. This is a brilliantly crafted story, with the moving parts all linking up together wonderfully.
Neverwhere is my favourite Neil Gaiman novel, but this comes in a close second.
And once you’ve read American Gods I’d recommend checking out the novella The Monarch of the Glen. It’s a fun follow up to the story.