By Neil Gaiman
American Gods is Neil Gaiman's most sensible and so much 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 sort he's been supplying because his Sandman days.
First released in 2001, American Gods turned an rapid classic—an highbrow and creative benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of cutting edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now detect the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary version. Newly up to date and improved with the author’s most well liked textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real get together of a latest masterpiece by way of the single, the one, Neil Gaiman.
A hurricane is coming . . .
Locked in the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly watching for the magic day while he may well go back to Eagle aspect, Indiana. a guy now not terrified of what the next day to come may perhaps carry, all he sought after used to be to be with Laura, the spouse he deeply enjoyed, and begin a brand new life.
But simply days sooner than his unencumber, Laura and Shadow’s ally are killed in an twist of fate. along with his existence in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a role 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 understand extra approximately Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, motive force, and errand boy is way extra attention-grabbing and unsafe than Shadow ever imagined—it is a task that takes him on a dismal and unusual highway journey and introduces him to a number of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined along with his personal. alongside the best way Shadow will study that the earlier 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 realize that underneath the placid floor of lifestyle a hurricane is brewing—an epic battle 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 wonderful synthesis of “mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington put up publication global) and as a latest phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it's, effectively, an excellent paintings of literary mind's eye that would 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 truly is integrated in his brief tale assortment Fragile issues: brief Fictions and Wonders, and likewise in Robert Silverberg's Legends II: New brief Novels via the Masters of recent Fantasy anthology.
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