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 wasn't really sure what I was getting into with this book, but I am very thankful I chose it. the story is very deep and the characters were well developed. I really liked how each character had their own voice, which helped me visualize the characters even more. I kind of feel a little let down by the ending but definitely recommend this book!
Neil Gaiman does it again, opening a world that if you didn't know the book was fictional, you'd swear you could step right through the page into it. It was impressively casted; the actors surpassed just convincing you of the integrity and the depth of the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a story about a journey, a job, and a war who loves books like Neverwhere, also by Gaiman, and the Mistborn trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson.
Amazing world, characters, story, & vision. Found myself wanting the world to be as the author creates it, then realized it could be. I only needed to believe it. A must read!
This is the first audiobook I have purchased with a full cast performance, and I was very pleased with that. The voice actors brought the characters to life. Unfortunately, there wasn't much for them to bring to life. The story was not nearly as powerful or profound as I had hoped for, and almost seemed to take itself too seriously. This story thinks it is profound and has something to say, but I respectfully disagree. If I could get my credit back for this dud, I would gladly do it.
I was consistently impressed with the voice acting throughout this version of the book. I don't read much Neil Gaiman, but I was reminded of kaffka on the shore and other books that feature and nonlinear logic.
The one thing I would have liked is to have a little bit less in the way of scene descriptions. toward the end of the book it became a bit hard to follow because of those.
cast is perfection... story is reminiscent of everything and everywhere authors like Tom Robbins, Gaiman, and King seem to have the unique ability to transport my soul to.
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