Well, that book was a bit horrifying. There really is not much difference from the movie though. If you’ve seen the movie you’ve experienced the book. It is a quick read that pulls you through to the end. I do feel that Blatty’s writing could dwell a bit more on the character internals. The whole book felt much like reading a movie. It was heavy on showing everything, but light on characters internalizing the events. This story would be a five star if there was more focus on character interaction and development along side the shocking freak-out going on with the little girl. Instead I give this one 3 out of 5 stars.
I base my star rating system on Goodread’s suggestions. 1 star = I didn’t like it, 2 stars = it was okay, 3 stars = I liked it, 4 stars = I really liked it, and 5 stars = it was amazing! Some may think I’m crazy giving American Gods only 2 stars, but I thought it was okay. I didn’t not like it. Although now that it has sat a bit in my mind, I may bump that rating to 3 stars.
Now I’m off to start reading Neil Gaiman’s new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I got my pre-ordered copy today and I’ll most likely be through it on Thursday. I’m ready to go hear Gaiman read an excerpt from it on July 2nd here in Seattle. This will be my first non-cookbook book signing (my first book signing being that of Alton Brown last year at Full Circle Books in OKC).