This was my first taste of Neil Gaiman and I couldn't imagine a better starting point. Beautifully written, and full of surprises, American Gods crawls its way under your skin and lives there. Gaiman is an author whose stories are all about the details, and as they say the devil is in the details. American Gods is a story filled with old gods, new gods, coin tricks, and the possibility of getting your head smashed in for losing a game of checkers. Shadow Moon, our guide if you will, is out of jail and on his way to bury his wife. What starts as a simple plane ride, turns into a journey like no other. We learn what happens when gods are no longer worshiped, and the lengths that they will go to to stay remembered. The new deities of America are taking over, and the former have something to say about it. This is a novel that I have gone back to time and time again, and always learn something new. -Victoria
In Neil Gaiman's universe, all of the gods are real. Deities from cultures all around the world come together in this epic fantasy spanning the crossroads of America. When the Old Gods are no longer worshipped, they'll do whatever it takes to regain relevence. Shadow Moon, freshly released from prison, finds himself entagled with a mysterious man known only as Mr. Wednesday, and is dragged across America in this wonderous tale of myth and modernism.
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“Pointed, occasionally comic, often scary, consistently moving and provocative….American Gods is strewn with secrets and magical visions.”—USA Today
Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text. A modern masterpiece from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman.
First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Washington Post) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is the story of Shadow—released from prison just days after his wife and best friend are killed in an accident—who gets recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic trickster, Mr. Wednesday. So begins Shadow’s dark and strange road trip, one that introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.
“Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive.”—George R. R. Martin
Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.