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 was strangely hypnotic. I normally listen to audio books at work, but this one was difficult. I caught myself stopping everything I was doing just to listen. You really need to pay attention. I feel like this is one of those books I could read or listen to over and over again, and catch something new each time.
Full cast makes the characters really come to life. Great job.
Imaginative story, lively writing.
It's a long book for one sitting. No.
I haven't read the print version. However, after having listened, I don't think I would have conjured up those voices quite so well on my own! The audio version was fabulous.
The cast of narrators brought it to life. They were perfectly suited to their parts and I found myself able to clearly envision the settings. In my mind it was an epic production in a modern world encroaching upon moments of fantasy.
Too many to note.
This is an Audible purchase worth many more re-reads, even if the re-reads are only in sections at a time. (It is a VERY long production!) It is now on my "Best" list.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
I enjoyed this unique novel. An ex-con takes a job working for an old god and through his travels meets many old and new gods. These gods are fallible and fragile. There is tension among them and some die while others get stronger. Several stories are woven into this theme. I have no idea if I fully understood Gaiman's point (assuming he was even trying to make a point at all) but the question I was asking myself after finishing the novel was: What "gods" do I "worship" (or what do I spend my resources on and invest my time in and believe in) and how do these "gods" help or hurt myself and others? I think an American-born and raised author would have written a much different novel given the same story idea. Most of the gods seem to be pretty mean and nasty, so I would have liked to see some positive gods that create additional tension in the ranks of gods. Since so many Americans are monotheistic it would have been cool to weave in a story of a mysterious god that the other gods don't understand and don't have access to (or something like that). But at the end of the day I give Gaiman credit for this unique idea, his superb writing, and his "outsiders" perspective.
The narration is excellent!
Probably. It is a very complex story with many layers and many characters. Story lines and character plots are revealed over time and I feel that it would be an excellent story to re-read (or re-listen) to.
I loved the whole idea of the story. That we conjure gods, old and new, and what becomes of them afterwards. It is an intriguing and electrifying idea. It is a brilliant concept that Gaiman embarks on flawlessly.
Too hard to say with a full cast, every actor did a stellar job and gave the story an all-encompassing feel. They embodied and portrayed their given characters wonderfully.
There was a moment half way into the book, were I realized that I might be listening to one of the greatest novels of modern time. I do not know where or when, but I realized that American Gods, while not for everyone, was work of such powerful truth and originality that there will never be something quite like it.
Neil Gaiman is awesome.
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