As crazy as this theory sounds, it's right at home in the world of Gaiman's books. The manipulation of energy that comes from things like prayer, worship, obsession, and desire is one of the major themes of Gaiman's book "American Gods." To summarize, "American Gods" is about a man, Shadow, who finds himself in the company of several shabby gods and mythical creatures who emigrated to America in the minds of their worshipers, only to find that "this is a bad place for gods." Without worship and prayer, the gods are forced into lives of crime and prostitution while new American gods--gods of
Gaiman wrote "American Gods"--one of his few adult novels, I think there's only two or three others--after moving to the United States and discovering that it was nothing at all like what he had pictured from movies, music and literature. "It's a weird place," he said at the New Yorker Festival. "Winter can kill you. And no one the Midwest seemed to have a problem with that. Do you people not know this is odd?" He wanted to write a book that would capture the "wonderful, glorious oddness" of America, and he wrote a great deal of it while driving across the country on various Gaiman-adventures (I assume he has many adventures, he seems like that kind of guy). "You can't drive in England for long distances, you run out of country," but in America, he drove for hours and days, always on back roads and secondary highways, discovering ghost towns and eerie roadside attractions that formed the backdrop of his novel.
"American Gods" is very much an American road trip book. It's also pretty obviously written by someone who isn't an American, and I mean that as a compliment. Gaiman writes America from a
You've never seen an America like the one in "American Gods." And if you never read any of Gaiman's other work, you should read still read this one. He's created a rare and wonderful analysis of America's soul, and even though he's English, I never felt more of an American than I did after reading this book.