I had really been looking forward to reading this book. From what friends and reviewers had said, this book was supposed to be a great romp through mythology as well as self-examination. However, after reading, I was sorely disappointed. The entire novel felt like filler around what was supposed to be a great idea. I'm not sure if Gaiman's writing style is bad per se, but the presentation just made the entire book feel unnecessary. I'm not unwilling to give people a second chance and I've heard good things about Neverwhere, so we'll see if that book will redeem him for me.