I was pleased to see in the epilogue how we found out that Shadow won the bet with the car on the ice, how we solved the mystery of the missing children, and how he cleared up his date with destiny with getting his brains bashed out with the hammer - but there's one loose end I was really waiting for and was really disappointed that didn't get resolved. I think he should have gone back to Cairo Illinois at the end and lived happily ever after with Bast. I mean, he lost his wife for good, she liked him, he certainly COULD have liked her (he did literally give her his heart after all, and if that doesn't symbolize it, I don't know what would), and let's face it - the reader want to see him get his happy ending, he's kind of earned it, right? So that's just what I think - tell me if you agree with me on this.
It is a good point that Shadow EARNED a happy ending and that he and Bast had affection for each other- BUT, that would have probably ended his ability to expand into other stories. -(It was such a treat to find him in again in 'Fragile Things' but, he probably wouldn't have been able to form that all-important bond with Lucy if he'd been married to a hot cat girl!)
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I would argue that the part about his encounter with the Egyptian gods serves as a place for Shadow's character development rather than a plot point, plus although Shadow chose to believe everything he still thinks he's better off without these gods. After he knows that he is Wednesday's son his whole self-perception changes, and he probably isn't as comfortable with associating gods as he used to be anymore.