In American Gods, you know you are in a fantasy novel when the protagonist, Shadow, finds that the stranger sitting next to him on a plane already knows his name and his history. From this meeting onwards, he is part of a plot that cheats probability.
Though American Gods begins with news of a terrible accident, the experienced reader of fantasy narrative will know that, in such a novel, each accident has its deeply planned causes, and the character who finds himself the hero is not the hero by chance. more…
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