American Gods (The 10th Anniversary Edition) by Neil Gaiman

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By Neil Gaiman

American Gods is Neil Gaiman's most sensible and such a lot bold novel but, a frightening, unusual, and hallucinogenic road-trip tale wrapped round a deep exam of the yank spirit. Gaiman tackles every thing from the onslaught of the knowledge age to the which means of dying, yet he doesn't sacrifice the razor-sharp plotting and narrative type he's been providing on the grounds that his Sandman days.


First released in 2001, American Gods grew to become an immediate classic—an highbrow and creative benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of leading edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now become aware of the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary version. Newly up to date and extended with the author’s most popular textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real social gathering of a contemporary masterpiece via the only, the single, Neil Gaiman.

A typhoon is coming . . .

Locked in the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly awaiting the magic day whilst he may well go back to Eagle aspect, Indiana. a guy not frightened of what the next day may possibly deliver, all he sought after was once to be with Laura, the spouse he deeply enjoyed, and begin a brand new life.

But simply days sooner than his unlock, Laura and Shadow’s ally are killed in an coincidence. along with his lifestyles in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a task from a beguiling stranger he meets at the approach domestic, an enigmatic guy who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday turns out to grasp extra approximately Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driving force, and errand boy is much extra attention-grabbing and unsafe than Shadow ever imagined—it is a role that takes him on a dismal and unusual street journey and introduces him to a bunch of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined together with his personal. alongside the best way Shadow will study that the previous by no means dies; that everybody, together with his cherished Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that goals, totems, legends, and myths are extra genuine than we all know. finally, he'll observe that underneath the placid floor of way of life a hurricane is brewing—an epic struggle for the very soul of America—and that he's status squarely in its path.

Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its exceptional synthesis of “mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington publish booklet international) and as a latest phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it really is, without difficulty, an excellent paintings of literary mind's eye that might undergo for generations.


Gaiman's novella The Monarch of the Glen is a semi-epilogue/partial-sequel, and follows Shadow many years post-American Gods. it really is integrated in his brief tale assortment Fragile issues: brief Fictions and Wonders, and in addition in Robert Silverberg's Legends II: New brief Novels by way of the Masters of contemporary Fantasy anthology.

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