Neil Gaiman is an esteemed author. American Gods is his most popular book.
I enjoy it while I’m actively reading it, but I will put it down for days and have no urge to pick it up again. I’ve had it for over a month and I’m only halfway done. This is very strange for me. Usually I’ll eat up a book in a few days.
“I just don’t know where this book is going.” I thought. “What is wrong with me? The hero just seems to travel around the country —“
And of course, there’s my problem. I checked, and yes, what we have here is The Hero’s Journey, my very least favorite plot: episodic, wandering, no progression. I don’t like episodic plots. I demand progression even in my pop songs.
The only hero’s journey I can remember liking in recent memory is 1917, and if you’ve seen it you know it’s a Heroes’ Journey, not a Hero’s Journey, and that’s what made it unique and surprising.
As I say, though, I am right at the midpoint, and that’s where things can often get much more interesting. I’ll keep plugging at it, and if I don’t like it I’ll approach it as if it’s a series of short stories.