Rather than painstakingly recreating the book, as well as elements of its pseudo-sequel Ananzi Boys, showrunners Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies," "Hannibal") and Michael Green (Logan, Alien: Covenant, and Green Lantern) have wisely chosen to concentrate on dazzling visuals and mining the incredible talent of their cast. First and foremost among the latter is Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday. He is perfect as the conman and old god Odin who plots against the new gods. He ruled every scene he appeared in on HBO's much-missed "Deadwood" so I couldn't ask for a better lead.
Ricky Whittle from the the UK's "Hollyoaks" is more than adequate as Shadow, who's learning of the gods just as we viewers do. The rest of the cast so far is a wonder of stuntcasting, and that's a good thing. One can never take one's eyes off Crispin Glover in anything he's in, and then there's Cloris Leachman, Kristen Chenoweth, and Corbin Bernsen.
So far it seems more of a road trip than a war of the gods, but I'm having fun watching week after week. Fun television is not something we get very often any more, and this is one of the bright spots. It may inspire me to pick up the book(s) again, but I'm afraid I might be disappointed. I think the show might be superior.