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“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.
Niree N.
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The storm was coming….Shadow spent three years in prison, keeping his head down, doing his time. All he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and to stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his scheduled release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

On the plane ride home to the funeral, Shadow meets a grizzled man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A self-styled grifter and rogue, Wednesday offers Shadow a job. And Shadow, a man with nothing to lose accepts.

But working for the enigmatic Wednesday is not without its price, and Shadow soon learns that his role in Wednesday's schemes will be far more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. Entangled in a world of secrets, he embarks on a wild road trip and encounters, among others, the murderous Czernobog, the impish Mr. Nancy, and the beautiful Easter -- all of whom seem to know more about Shadow than he himself does.

Shadow will learn that the past does not die, that everyone, including his late wife, had secrets, and that the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined.

All around them a storm of epic proportions threatens to break. Soon Shadow and Wednesday will be swept up into a conflict as old as humanity itself. For beneath the placid surface of everyday life a war is being fought -- and the prize is the very soul of America.

As unsettling as it is exhilarating, American Gods is a dark and kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an America at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. Magnificently told, this work of literary magic will haunt the reader far beyond the final page.

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

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061792663
List price: $7.99
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It seems Neil loves to talk about himself. read more
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First Gaiman I've read and I wasn't disappointed. Gaiman is a master when it comes to combining a detailed plot with a good, quick read. The story never slows down, never feels superfluous. The lore is fascinating. The characters are well developed. Even minor characters develop well within the wider plot.

If you love good fiction and mythology, this book is for you. It has everything you could want in a read, and then some. I highly recommend this book.read more
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Best book I've read in 5 years
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It seems Neil loves to talk about himself.
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First Gaiman I've read and I wasn't disappointed. Gaiman is a master when it comes to combining a detailed plot with a good, quick read. The story never slows down, never feels superfluous. The lore is fascinating. The characters are well developed. Even minor characters develop well within the wider plot.

If you love good fiction and mythology, this book is for you. It has everything you could want in a read, and then some. I highly recommend this book.
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The first time I've read a book online. In a way that was great, as I kept Wikipedia and Google Maps opened in other browser windows while reading the novel in another - there were so many myths and gods and places to look up that it was a most satisfying way of doing it, though probably bad for my eyes. Not so good when the internet connection went down either...Thoroughly enjoyable book - although for me the sex scenes were unnecessarily graphic.
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I couldn't put this one down! First Gaiman I've read; won't be the last.
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I had been chasing "American Gods" for quite a while. Now that I've acquired it and read it, I found the book worth the chase. In waiting a while to write the review, I'm wondering if the excitement of the chase has influenced my rating a little.The root of the story, humans created gods as their versions of personifications of an idea or an ideal, is one that has occurred to many of us at one time or another. Gaiman goes the next step and ties in the requirement of people still believing what they've created to keep these gods alive. Taken as a whole, we find a new take on the expression “Twilight of the Gods” and an updated version of the final battle of the gods as recounted in many legends.Because the plot references may be obscure to some people, although Neil Gaiman does a credible job of educating the reader along the way, you may approach this story on many levels. On one level, you may simply let yourself be immersed in the story and go with the flow. You do not need to know all the classical references to to appreciate the struggle for survival the characters are facing. On another level, American Gods become a parable for the direction we, primarily the American people, are going and the struggles we face to maintain our place in the order of things. On yet another level, this is a timeless classic of growth and rebirth, where death is not an ending, but a new beginning.One of the more interesting twists on classical mythology involves Shadow, one of the human protagonists, and his wife Laura. In the Greek story story of Orpheus, Orpheus descends into the underworld, searching for this wife. Gaiman neatly reverses this in having Laura coming back from the dead to protect Shadow.Never having read Gaiman previous to this book, I only knew of him by reputation. I understand many more people know him from his graphic novels than through his purely written work. His background shows throughout "American Gods". While the descriptions are rich, the story is just begging to be illustrated. It is also just dark enough to maybe attract Hollywood screenwriters. Actually, I hope not. I enjoyed this book too much to see it sacrificed and reborn on that altar.While definitely above a four star rating, I find myself questioning the extra half star I gave it. I can easily let it stand there as it by no means immortal enough to deserve a full five stars. Classical literature fans may appreciate the modernizations of the archetypes presented here and, as unlikely as it may first appear, cyberpunk fans may find some new heroes in these pages. Well worth pursuing for fans of darker literature, but there is not enough technology for this to be even remotely considered steampunk.
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