So, I just finished listening to American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I had heard some great things about the book and I know people loved it, and I did like it, but I only really loved about one chapter towards the end, a brilliantly written chapter that connected all of the (important) foreshadowing, that was thoroughly creepy and beautiful and intense. I was a little bit annoyed that the whole center of the novel foreshadowed what ended up being an epilogue and wasn't pertinent to the actual story (although it did end up being a fun to see a small-town gothic mystery solved). This was the 10th anniversary edition with lots of extra stuff, so maybe I would have enjoyed a shorter and more edited version. It was a good read and I appreciated the zombies, the mythologies, the weird Americana, and the creepiness.
The American gothic elements of American Gods put the taste in my mouth and so I just started reading (listening to) We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Her Haunting of Hill House is one of my favorite books (one I read over and over again) and I know a lady who wrote her MA thesis on Castle so I've been meaning to get to it and I'm glad I found it. I can already tell that it's not going to be as good as Hill House but I'm looking forward to how it plays out. It looks like I can expect some witchcraft, which I love. I only have 3 hours left to listen to, so I'm hoping I'll finish it by the end of the weekend. Then I plan on shifting gears and listening to Philip Roth's Human Stain which was recommended to me by a friend, and I hope to have that done by next weekend.