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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 Shadowâ€™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, harbours 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” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distils the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.
Reviews In a world of constantly evolving beliefs and morals, this book stands to try to explain why we as Americans feel pressure to change our spiritual selves. Using Shadow to stand for our evolving society Gaiman shows how we WILL make it out the other side and how the new and old can coexist.
With that said, the best parts of this book are the small bits of historical fiction interlaced with the main story that explain how some of the gods came to America in the first place. It has piqued my interest in old religions and an interest that goes beyond a book is the highest acolyte I can give. _____________________________________________________________ I'm not usually a fan of urban fantasy but Neil Gaiman is changing my mind. NEVERWHERE is very good, too, BTW. This one is darker but more tightly written. One minute it's hilarious, the next it's gross, the next it's unbearably sad. The characters are wonderfully drawn. The basic concept of the old gods living among us is really well done-- imagine the god of thunder committing suicide from depression, the father of all the gods as a con man. Gaiman has obviously done his research; the details about the various gods add richness to an already rich story. I'm putting up every thumb I have. _____________________________________________________________ In a world of constantly evolving beliefs and morals, this book stands to try to explain why we as Americans feel pressure to change our spiritual selves. Using Shadow to stand for our evolving society Gaiman shows how we WILL make it out the other side and how the new and old can coexist.
With that said, the best parts of this book are the small bits of historical fiction interlaced with the main story that explain how some of the gods came to America in the first place. It has piqued my interest in old religions and an interest that goes beyond a book is the highest acolyte I can give. _____________________________________________________________ This book will not disappoint, I great novel overall. As in most of Neil Gaiman's novel He doesnt give everything up until the end. (I hate reading a novel and know the ending by chapter 4) Some aspects were completely hidden until the end. If you liked neverwhere you will love this! Very addictive, I wanted to finish it just so I could move on with my life. Definately a book you wont put down!!!!!! _____________________________________________________________ I took this book on holiday to Ireland with me recently. I started reading it on the trip over over and finished it on the way back!!! Unfortunately I enjoyed this book so much I saw very little of Ireland in between!! The reason for this is the amazing effect mr Gaiman's writing had on me. The quality of writing is both fantastic and enthralling and the charachter development is truley wonderfull I especially enjoy Shadows Total nonchalence about the crazy things going on around him This is a fantasticly original concept and a thoroughly well thought out story. a Must for anyone but not one to take on holiday with you (at least not if you want to get anything done!).
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