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
I first read American Gods years ago. My connection to the story, its themes, and myriad possibilities was immediate. It is undoubtedly a brilliant work of fiction that never fails to draw on the readers' interest and imagination.
I find it quite funny and quirky and yet thought provoking in unexpectedly sobering moments. It's a fun road trip through America and also through the even more vast landscapes of the author's dreams.
Every time I read American Gods, or listen to it, I find myself wanting more and more. This isn't just a great adventure, but also a great escape and vacation!
Until next time...
There are tons of really great books out there that I have read recently, the Iron Druid Chronicles, Monster Hunter International, that seems to take a lot from American Gods. Even though I read this book after I've read all of those, and knowing that this was actually written first, you can tell that those other authors were influenced by this concept. The gods are created by faith in them. I recommend this book and any other book by Neil Gaiman.
The main reason for my lower rating is the fact I kept waiting for explanations on some of the story lines and they just never came. The premise was promising. The narration was great. The unanswered questions and poorly explained plot left me a bit disappointed.
American gods is one of those books that teach you something indescribable yet profound. If you have never read Neil before this is a good place to start. And full cast. Simply wonderful.
As a race we humans find ourselves creating powers greater than humanity in order to feel secure and safe. Whether evil or good we believe in that greater power because we have defined it and we understand it in its entirety. Gaiman gives us a metastory. What if the gods we created had their own agenda beyond us. What do gods fear? Excellent book and reading.
This was probably the most enjoyable audiobook experience I've had. The cast was perfectly chosen and the addition of Neil reading stories between chapters just adds to the experience.
There are too many to choose. Moments that stood out...Shadow being hung on the world tree. That entire section of the story was visceral.
"White people have some fucked up gods, Mr. Shadow." Which is also my favorite line from the book.
I listened to this book while driving from Washington State to North Carolina through the areas the novel speaks of. The combination of this audiobook with that drive made for a once and a lifetime experience, that I recommend to anyone inclined to drive that route and listen to this book.
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