I was swept right off my feet and it sneaks up on you in a big way. At the beginning I felt like the story was just too strange for my taste. Soon enough I found myself with my kindle in my hand every free moment.
A blend of old and new, the story begins with Shadow just as he is released from prison, soon after, on his way home to resume his pre-prison life he meets Wednesday - a god of the old world and beliefs. Shadow is soon employed by Wednesday and finds himself on a mission to rally the 'old gods' against the new. The old gods were brought by newcomers to the country and have faded as new gods have grown in influence I.e. media. This setup is just the portal to a deeper story that I will certainly visiting over and over again. Brilliant.