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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

American Gods

American Gods - Neil Gaiman Considering who Gaiman is, I decided to give him another try. I wasn’t such a fan of Ocean, but American Gods seemed like a deeper story and something I could appreciate. I’m glad I went with it, because it was amazing.

This is the type of book that you can find something new with each reading. The fact that a Brit could land on our shores and so perfectly capture the spirit of America is astounding. The story is magical and the writing near perfect—to the point where it made me feel inadequate as a writer (and that’s a good thing). Gaimain’s research, passion, and creativity shine through from cover-to-cover.

Perfection isn’t without its faults. There were a few parts, or side stories, that were tied to ancient mythology. I didn’t understand how some of these stories tied into the main story, but this could be due to my own lack of knowledge on the subject or something that would make more sense in a second reading.

Overall, there are many things that I can look back at and appreciate: Lots of deep meaning; lots of good story.