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Editor’s Note

“Dark & Otherworldly...”

Not just for the fantasy lover, realists will also relate to this dark & otherworldly criticism of American idolatry & deeply emotional tale of love lost.
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First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

A storm is coming . . .

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.

Topics: United States of America, Epic, Dark, Black Humor, Adventurous, Norse Mythology, War, Folk and Fairy Tales, Gods & Goddesses, Ghosts, Bodyguards, Journeys, Mythology, Greek Mythology, Road Trip, and Postmodern

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ISBN: 9780062109590
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Totally lost interest in this story. Don't know if it was me or the story. The first 1/4 of the story was riveting, but it seemed to have taken a turn for the worse after that. It lost me at the point when Shadow and Mr. Wednesday entered into a different dimension via a carousel and it was revealed that Mr. Wednesday is actually the Norse god Odin. Kind of just got weird from that point on. Just not my writing style I guess. Moving on.more
Perhaps this book came overhyped by my friends, as it left me a little dissappointed. Overall it was a good read, but long, and I found Gaiman's other novels such as "Neverwhere" better.more
I liked this story more for how I thought other people would like it than for myself. Sad, magical, and vivid, AMERICAN GODS did more to impress me with the mythology than make me believe in any of the characters.more
First, this was a combination of audio book and reading it myself. The audio book was actually better than reading it on my own! Great book though. Even though God is everywhere in this country...does he really exist here. Very original idea. It's kind of like Percy Jackson for adults.

However, there are certain parts of the book that were confusing. The main character isn't too forthcoming with information so at times I got a little lost. Despite that though, it's a good read and an even better listen.more
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Totally lost interest in this story. Don't know if it was me or the story. The first 1/4 of the story was riveting, but it seemed to have taken a turn for the worse after that. It lost me at the point when Shadow and Mr. Wednesday entered into a different dimension via a carousel and it was revealed that Mr. Wednesday is actually the Norse god Odin. Kind of just got weird from that point on. Just not my writing style I guess. Moving on.more
Perhaps this book came overhyped by my friends, as it left me a little dissappointed. Overall it was a good read, but long, and I found Gaiman's other novels such as "Neverwhere" better.more
I liked this story more for how I thought other people would like it than for myself. Sad, magical, and vivid, AMERICAN GODS did more to impress me with the mythology than make me believe in any of the characters.more
First, this was a combination of audio book and reading it myself. The audio book was actually better than reading it on my own! Great book though. Even though God is everywhere in this country...does he really exist here. Very original idea. It's kind of like Percy Jackson for adults.

However, there are certain parts of the book that were confusing. The main character isn't too forthcoming with information so at times I got a little lost. Despite that though, it's a good read and an even better listen.more
Loved it! Although I think I could give 5 stars if I read it again when I am not horribly sick and half paying attention.

I really loved the idea of the old gods interacting with the new gods of America. It was a very clever story line and the character building and such was fantastic.

Now I have to go nurse myself back to health with copious amounts of vitamin C, but you can be sure that I will be reading this book again.

Recommended.more
I love this book, and I've read it so often. The concept is amazing, and I love all the little details. It kind of makes me want to go to America on a road trip...more
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