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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

A Novel

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Description

The bestselling author of Neverwhere returns with his biggest, most commercial novel yet—a tour de force of contemporary fiction

A master of inventive fiction, Neil Gaiman delves into the murky depths where reality and imagination meet. Now in American Gods, he works his literary magic to extraordinary results.

Shadow dreamed of nothing but leaving prison and starting a new life. But the day before his release, his wife and best friend are killed in an accident. On the plane home to the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday—a beguiling stranger who seems to know everything about him. A trickster and rogue, Mr. Wednesday offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. With nowhere left to go, Shadow accepts, and soon learns that his role in Mr. Wednesday’s schemes will be far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined. For beneath the placid surface of everyday life a war is being fought —and the prize is the very soul of America.

From Publishers Weekly

May 28, 2001 – Titans clash, but with more fuss than fury in this fantasy demi-epic from the author of Neverwhere. The intriguing premise of Gaiman's tale is that the gods of European yore, who came to North America with their immigrant believers, are squaring off for a rumble with new indigenous deities: "gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon." They all walk around in mufti, disguised as ordinary people, which causes no end of trouble for 32-year-old protagonist Shadow Moon, who can't turn around without bumping into a minor divinity. Released from prison the day after his beloved wife dies in a car accident, Shadow takes a job as emissary for Mr. Wednesday, avatar of the Norse god Grimnir, unaware that his boss's recruiting trip across the American heartland will subject him to repeat visits from the reanimated corpse of his dead wife and brutal roughing up by the goons of Wednesday's adversary, Mr. World. At last Shadow must reevaluate his own deeply held beliefs in order to determine his crucial role in the final showdown. Gaiman tries to keep the magical and the mundane evenly balanced, but he is clearly more interested in the activities of his human protagonists: Shadow's poignant personal moments and the tale's affectionate slices of smalltown life are much better developed than the aimless plot, which bounces Shadow from one episodic encounter to another in a design only the gods seem to know. Mere mortal readers will enjoy the tale's wit, but puzzle over its strained mythopoeia. (One-day laydown, June 19)

Customer Reviews

Absolutely amazing.

Loved every minute of this book. An interesting take on The migration of ideas and beliefs. Can't wait for the TV SHOW!!

Mesmerizing

An amazing tale of tales - of folklore, of ideas, myths, beliefs and ways of life - we follow the travels of Shadow and we see pieces of ourselves in the daylight and late at night - we awaken to find we are still within the dream, of our own making or of others plans all along, we do not know - the question is, what do we believe? Recommend this book highly, but will you take a chance on my recommendation or strike out on your own? Happy trails...

Disappointing

Let's just say an Englishperson is probably not the one to write the Great American Novel about American gods.

Though I'm a fan of Norse mythology as well as the idea of bringing in old gods now forgotten (where was Zeus?), it was so incomplete in terms of bringing in currently worshipped deities like Allah, Jesus and Jehovah - or more discussion of the gods of indigenous North Americans and South Americans - it fell seriously short.

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Jun 21, 2011
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Seller: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
  • Print Length: 784 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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