If you're interested in reading Neil Gaiman but are unsure as to where to begin, this is a good book to start with. It was my first Gaiman book and led me to want to read more. It is a well crafted story, and perfect for anyone who enjoys and is familiar with various mythologies and pantheons of gods. Added to this is an astute view of small-town America. Gaiman is a an Englishman and perhaps it is because he was an outsider to this country that allowed him to make keen observations about the United States. A great modern fantasy.