You Should Read These Books if You Like “American Gods”

I know a lot of people are watching Starz’s new TV show American Gods based on Nail Gaiman’s novel of the same name.  If you’re enjoying the battle between old gods and new gods and the combination of mythology and modern fantasy, then you’re sure to like these other titles available at your library.

  • “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Nail Gaiman:  It might seem a little silly to put another Neil Gaiman novel on the list, but he mixes myths and gods into a lot of his work. In this one, an angel and a demon band together to stop the end of the world.
  • “Autobiography of Red” by Anne Carson:  This novel in verse takes Geryon (a winged monster who fights Herakles) and rewrites the character into a modern teen who falls in love with the Greek hero instead of being slain.
  • “Mr. Fox” by Helen Oyeyemi:  This terrifying novel blurs the line between fantasy and reality. A writer named St. John Fox struggles deeply with one of the muses in his books.
  • “Grendel” by John Gardner:  The author does a complete retelling of the Old English poem Beowulf from the monster’s perspective. Although this novel was published in 1971, it still holds up today.

If you’re interested in these or anything else, give your library a call!

 

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