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 book should come with a warning: "You must be high to read." Gaiman goes out of his way to be as crass and perverse as possible. I question his sanity. Worst book I've ever read.
I have been told for years to read this book and hadn't, then I listened to Gaiman's "Stardust" and loved it which stated me on a Neil Gaiman binge that lead me finally to "American Gods". It is easily one of the best fantasy stories I have ever read. I love mythology and Gaiman's creative way of bringing the worlds mythology to America with her immigrants is genius. One of my favorite qualities of a writer is their ability to build a character, Gaiman does a great job. He builds characters that you know and relate to, yet he doesn't spent pages and pages doing so. I would highly recommend listening to the full cast edition, hearing each character with their own voice was so engaging it completely sucks you into the story. Be warned once you start American Gods you will not be able to stop until every second has been played.
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
First things first, I love Shadow! His character is what hooked me in and the voice seemed perfect!
As for the book, it's one of those books that seems like they would talk a lot about in a college course somewhere. There is a lot going on and some if it makes perfect sense. Some doesn't. The thing I walked away with is that beyond all the surreal stuff is a pretty good story that can be enjoyed without really delving deeper into the other stuff that professors would love to dissect.
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I am going to skip the retelling of the story and straight for the performance. I loved the cast, the voices were perfect, I also read a long in my book and voices from the cast stayed in my head.
Very well done and honestly I think it made a great story even better.
I loved the moments when Neil Gaiman took over the narration. I do love his voice and inflection. He does know his material best.
The "Coming to America" stories cut in between chapters. They were so vivid and realistic and it gives a sense of American history.
Expansive creative worlds or histories seem to be my thing these days... Too much time in a car with long drives ahead!
This book from start to finish had a great mythology, back story and plot! I really feel it was darn near flawless. Give it a listen you won't regret it!
I would rank American Gods in a definite top ten list.
Laura, Shadow's undead wife, is perhaps my favorite character for more reasons than I can name. She's so fallible and human.
This is a book that I read through in two sittings. I have listened to the audio version probably three times. The satire is absolutely breathtaking. It is ironic and funny in so many ways. This is a great american novel. I have no doubt.
The four person cast is phenomenal. Why can't all audiobooks be read like this?
I will definitely read more of Neil Gaiman's work after this.
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