American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition - Neil Gaiman

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

By Neil Gaiman

  • Release Date: 2011-06-21
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
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From 519 Ratings

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.

Reviews

  • Z

    5
    By Darth Dakota
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  • I love America. This is how to headlock.

    5
    By Landin 2827
    This is good book. Hahahaha stop it round kick. Birthday back, I tied it better.
  • Disappointed

    1
    By ladybug725
    I tried very hard to get into the story. It is hard to follow. The themes are not well organized. The story is extremely scattered, like a bad trip.
  • Nice!

    5
    By vont
    I really enjoyed this book! I could not put it down. I have had this book for about 4 months and just decided to read it. Excellent! The only problem is it had to end. $ well spent.
  • A classic

    5
    By Magaliciouse
    One of the great must reads.
  • A meditation on America

    5
    By HeavyRaines17
    Floored. Poetic, insightful, funny, suspenseful, confident. An absolute mastery of tone. Much larger than the characters or the plot, this is a meditation upon what America means, what "America" means, and what it means to be an American. This is a love story to "the flyover states", which binds us all together and is more than the sum of its parts. Magnificent.
  • dull

    2
    By Cbus75
    It was readable and interesting enough for a while. And when I started to realize that this story wasn’t going to get to the point anytime soon I continued reading with the hopes that probably there’d be exciting or interesting encounters along the way. When I found myself skimming whole paragraphs, sometimes two or three at a time in an attempt to bypass what seemed to me as more and more unimportant information, I figured the end was near but plodded on, hopeful that excitement was just around the corner. Alas, the end came for me at around page 230. I put it down and know that I won’t pick it up again.
  • Disappointing

    5
    By disconic
    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.
  • Mesmerizing

    5
    By DrMcDougall
    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...
  • Absolutely amazing.

    5
    By Kun Faux
    Loved every minute of this book. An interesting take on The migration of ideas and beliefs. Can't wait for the TV SHOW!!