American Gods

American Gods

Book - 2011
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After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break...Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman's epic new novel sees him on the road to the heart of America.
Publisher: London : Headline Review, 2011, c2001.
Edition: 10th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9781472245540
9780755386246
Characteristics: xiv, 658 p. ; 20 cm.

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MissRoslyn Sep 02, 2015

By far Neil's best book. The characters are relateable and interesting, the plot line is enjoyable and Shadow is a enjoyable character to follow around.

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Hellevander Jul 29, 2010

Norse gods, ex-cons, zombie wives,magical carousels, epic battles and the fate of man kind, what more could you ask for in a book?
An interesting twist on mythology


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Kprz88
Feb 06, 2018

This is in my top five favorite books. I wish I could re-read it over again for the first time. I have had a soft spot for mythology and folk tales for many years and this book has both.

AL_JULIA Jan 17, 2018

I loved listening to this audiobook, read by Neil Gaiman himself. I HIGHLY recommend giving it a listen!

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Butterfly121761
Jan 08, 2018

When I started it I found it very interesting and then not too far in I started getting bored but I wanted to see what happened so I continued to read it and then was finding myself just wanting to get it over with and started speed reading/skimming so by the time I got to page 374 I just felt I gave up.

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skippyone
Dec 30, 2017

Loved the book, was very excited to hear Starz was bringing it to t.v. Just finished first season, looking forward to season 2. Neither the book nor the series is everyone's cup of tea, but Neil Gaiman is not for the faint of heart.

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kguerito
Nov 16, 2017

This book awesome, it started really interested. In the middle it got pretty dry, but the ending was very action pack. I’m excited to watch the series when the Library gets it.

jasoneshoup Nov 14, 2017

Having just watched season 1 of the tv series, I wanted to re-visit this great book that I read years ago. It still holds up as a fantastic example of Gaiman's work, and as a fantastic piece of uniquely-American folklore.

SPL_Liz Nov 01, 2017

I enjoyed the book. It meandered a bit but given that most of the story took place on the road, it fit well. There were many colourful and unique characters and the reader was left to interpret them by their actions rather than their thoughts. The plot had many jogs, turns, and spins and Gaiman's storytelling was very compelling. I found myself trying to anticipate where the story was going. I was sometimes satisfied by my correct guesses and sometimes by the unanticipated direction the story took. I enjoyed feeling sympathetic towards flawed characters made more interesting by their bizarre circumstances. Recommended for those who like magic realism, mythology, semiotics, and the dark and strange.

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JSteed99
Oct 08, 2017

American Gods fell far below my expectations given the hype surrounding it. Gaiman struggles to figure out how to introduce a female character in a way that doesn't remark on her beauty and curvaceous form (or lack thereof) save for a scant few characters. The book feels way too bulky for what it is as well. It meanders to the point where, by the time I hit the halfway mark, I was just bored silly. The premise is interesting and has potential but I was mostly just unimpressed. If you can overlook the sexism and long-winded plot I'm sure it's enjoyable, but I just couldn't get myself to pick it back up.

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800kw0rm_31337
Aug 29, 2017

A Masterpiece, this is Neil Gaiman at his best.
The deluxe audio book is also utterly fantastic.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Aug 22, 2017

I finished this book, and felt like I had missed something. So many people recommended this book to me, and I just didn’t get it. I felt like Gaiman just wanted to cleverly introduce various gods and goddesses without the storyline necessarily going anywhere. And at the end of the book, I felt like I still didn’t know Shadow at all. Maybe I should have read the original instead of the tenth anniversary edition and saved myself 12,000 words.

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vv1 Mar 12, 2015

Sexual Content: Contains some sexual content

vv1 Mar 12, 2015

Coarse Language: There is swearing, but it did not feel excessive.

vv1 Mar 12, 2015

Violence: Has some scenes depicting violence or the aftermath of violence.

hDlVivace Jun 18, 2012

Coarse Language: Used in conjunction with the sexual content at times. Other times swearing is prevalent with R-rated language. But language is carefully controlled to an extent and not used unneedlessly.

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jabey
Jun 10, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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ssaradd
Apr 18, 2017

“Hey," said Shadow. "Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are."
The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.
"Say 'Nevermore,'" said Shadow.
"Fuck you," said the raven.”

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Sophie2798
Jun 24, 2014

The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.

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LazyNeko
Oct 08, 2011

What should I believe? thought Shadow, and the voice came back to him from somewhere deep beneath the world, in a bass rumble: Believe everything.

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Stonesoul1
Jul 01, 2015

Possibly one of the greatest pieces of modern Literature by a writer who is surely one of he greatest literary treasures of our time. Gaiman weaves a complex and epic tale of Old World deities surviving adapting and warring in the New World, bereft of the believers that brought them there.

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