American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.
About a month ago I proposed a scheme, that everyone in the world (or at least, those of us with access to the Internet) all read one book together this summer. To my great delight and satisfaction, thousands of people said, in effect, "Hell Yeah." I further proposed that in the spirit of democracy and crowdsourcing and all of that, we should collectively decide on what book that should be. That meant a few weeks of nominating, a few weeks of voting on the finalists, and a little bit of understandable bitching and moaning from people who just wanted to get on with it, already.
So now we're ready, right? I've been informally polling the community that's sprung up around #1b1t (that's Twitter speak for "One Book, One Twitter), and I've got two answers to that question:
1) Yes—If you've got a copy of American Gods handy, and are itching to star reading, go crazy.
2) Not quite—Many of you need some time to obtain your copy of American Gods. We've already received word that the book has been checked out by many libraries, and I'm currently talking to Neil's publishers to try to make sure the shelves remain well-stocked. Additionally, some people—myself included, actually—are in school this term, and are up to our eyeballs in highlighters and dense thickets of quantitative research.
So here's the plan. Start reading as soon as you want to, but in the spirit of no spoilers, avoid dishing about anything past Chapter 3 for the few weeks. We'll post a proper reading schedule in the next few days. And as always, this isn't my reading club, it's yours. I've done my best to create a consensus out of the chatter on #1b1t today, but make your voice heard in the comments below if you'd like to see us take a different tack.
In the meantime, congratulations Neil, and happy reading everyone!