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 10th 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" (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.
©2011 Neil Gaiman (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
"This full-cast performance of the tenth anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman's American Gods (think director's cut) is one of the most mesmerizing audio experiences ever.... Ron McLarty plays a randy, crusty old Odin disguised as a white-collar con man to perfection. Daniel Oreskes's Shadow, the hero who doesn't know quite what he is, is masterful. Oliver Wyman, who did Mad Sweeney the Leprechaun, is a genius. Hats in the air for the whole cast, a flawless production, and a tour de force of a tale." (AudioFile)
Less focus on descriptive gore. Do away with the hollow cardboard main character development that was so tedious and instead turn him into an item of interest. A big dumb silent guy stuck in some sort of unexplained miasma does't resonate.
Back to scientific reading.
The narrators were very good given the task they were presented with.
The main character as presented.
I must admit the book left me perplexed and stirred, which was probably the author's objective. But in the end, for me at least, there was little plot development nor plot resolution- just a thick grey question mark left after so many hours spent listening to this thicket of non-plot. However, there was some explanatory value in teaching the audience the origin of many theistic myths, especially the age-old Guy Hanging on the Tree mythos, which in its present form, is represented by Christianity.
The best thing I like about this story is the reality of the places that Shadow finds himself across America and diversity of the gods that are featured in the book. Gaiman definitely did a bunch of research on various cultural myths. It was very interesting to hear about gods and cultures that I did not previously know about.
This edition of American Gods is fantastic. There are a good amount of characters from a lot of different countries and times, but the actors created a world where it was easy to lose myself in an America that I have never known.
While it is not possible for me to read this book all in one sitting, given its length, I read it as often as possible. The book comes in varying waves of interesting stories and Shadow is a strong, but lovable character that I cared about.
Neil Gaiman made a great world in American Gods. It brought multiple cultures and myths together in the modern age. His invention of the American gods was ingenious, though I was skeptical about how he would present gods in a modern America. I really appreciated the stories in between the current struggle that Shadow finds himself. Those short stories could be evolved into their own novels. This is a novel that I will be returning to more than once.
The collection of narrators is perfect. the story is fantastic and the background is rich. I loved this book. In fact, I want a sequel. I doubt it'll happen but a girl can dream.
Engaging in no hyperbole, American Gods has become my favorite book of all time. Despite being an avid reader, no other book has resonated with me on such a level. Shadow is such an amazing protagonist, and the ensemble of characters is great, as well. From the citizens of Lakeside to the gods of various pantheons, everyone is fleshed out despite how big in scope the novel is. I normally don't care for full productions, but for something as large as American Gods, it really brings the world to life. I especially love how Gaiman himself narrates the Coming to America bits. It goes without saying that this book, and this production come highly recommended. Stay away from the other production of this novel, it sounds like George Carlin on tranquilizers. Only book I've ever had to speed up to one and a half times speed.
Was introduced to many different Gods and other things. The coming to America inserts were a refreshing break away from the main story but still tied into it. Awsome book.
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