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American Gods [Kindle Edition]

Neil Gaiman
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)

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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 novel sees him on the road to the heart of America. Includes extra material exclusive to this Headline Review edition.


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Within just a few pages of Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods, he commandingly reveals that he is at his considerable best with this disturbing and dark journey into the hidden soul of America. Gaiman, one of the most talented and imaginative writers at work today, achieved nigh-legendary status with his comic Sandman, which took the genre to heights that even the equally talented Alan Moore had not attained; Gaiman's subsequent career as a novelist has displayed the same glittering inventiveness and exquisite use of language.

Gaiman's protagonist Shadow has patiently done his time in prison. But as the moment of his release approaches, he begins to sense that some unnamed disaster is lying in wait for him. As he makes his way home, he encounters the mysterious Mr Wednesday, who appears to be both a refugee from a distant country at war and the King of America. And perhaps even a god. As Shadow and Mr Wednesday begin a bizarre odyssey across the United States, solving murders is only one of their accomplishments. With an epic storm of supernatural origin brewing, one questions whether they will be destroyed before Shadow pays the price for grim mistakes in his past.

The use of language here is impeccable, and it is wedded to a surreal narrative that brings out the most quirky and unsettling aspects of Gaiman's imagination. Forget Gaiman the Guru: just enjoy Gaiman the consummate writer:

He opened his mouth to catch the rain as it fell, moistening his cracked lips and his dry tongue, wetting the ropes that bound him to the trunk of the tree. There was a flash of lightning so bright it fell like a blow to his eyes, transforming the world into an intense panorama of image and after-image. The wind tugged at Shadow, trying to pull him from the tree, flaying him, cutting to the bone. Shadow knew in his soul that the real storm had truly begun...
--Barry Forshaw

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Within just a few pages of Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods, he commandingly reveals that he is at his considerable best with this disturbing and dark journey into the hidden soul of America. Gaiman, one of the most talented and imaginative writers at work today, achieved nigh-legendary status with his comic Sandman, which took the genre to heights that even the equally talented Alan Moore had not attained; Gaiman's subsequent career as a novelist has displayed the same glittering inventiveness and exquisite use of language.

Gaiman's protagonist Shadow has patiently done his time in prison. But as the moment of his release approaches, he begins to sense that some unnamed disaster is lying in wait for him. As he makes his way home, he encounters the mysterious Mr Wednesday, who appears to be both a refugee from a distant country at war and the King of America. And perhaps even a god. As Shadow and Mr Wednesday begin a bizarre odyssey across the United States, solving murders is only one of their accomplishments. With an epic storm of supernatural origin brewing, one questions whether they will be destroyed before Shadow pays the price for grim mistakes in his past.

The use of language here is impeccable, and it is wedded to a surreal narrative that brings out the most quirky and unsettling aspects of Gaiman's imagination. Forget Gaiman the Guru: just enjoy Gaiman the consummate writer:

He opened his mouth to catch the rain as it fell, moistening his cracked lips and his dry tongue, wetting the ropes that bound him to the trunk of the tree. There was a flash of lightning so bright it fell like a blow to his eyes, transforming the world into an intense panorama of image and after-image. The wind tugged at Shadow, trying to pull him from the tree, flaying him, cutting to the bone. Shadow knew in his soul that the real storm had truly begun...
--Barry Forshaw

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1280 KB
  • Print Length: 612 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B006U1QUJI
  • Publisher: Review (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NACYQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,114 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story about ancient gods and their struggle to survive in a world where their fickle worshippers have abandoned them in favour of advertisements, technology and consumerism. Shadow is an ex-con who gets catapulted into a crazy world where he finds himself helping the old gods reclaim their relevance. Throughout the book, we follow Shadow on his journey through America as the sidekick of the enigmatic Wednesday, recruiting disenchanted gods to help win a war that will bring them back to their former glories.
If the premise sounds intriguing, rest assured that it is, unfortunately the execution lets it down slightly. The best parts of the book are the parts spent encountering the old gods who have been forced to live human lives in America after their once loyal worshippers have either died or forgotten them. More interesting still are the occasional glimpses into the gods’ true forms which are spectacular and often terrifying in equal measure. The Ifrit and The Queen of Seba scenes are just a few that spring to mind. There is no denying the Gaiman’s imagination is one of the best in modern fiction, and “American Gods” never falters in the imagination department .
Another commendable aspect is the characters themselves. From the ever mysterious Wednesday to the fear-inducing Czernobog, Gaiman’s characters are a unique and interesting bunch with a strong motive directing their actions. Whilst it is natural for the reader to back the cause of the old gods, it is never made explicit that they have morally superior reasons for their actions than the new gods do. This lends their exploits some moral ambiguity, where it is left to the reader to decide which group is on the side of right, or indeed whether either of them are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of those books that make me think we need an age rating system for literature like we do with films and games, it can be very violent at times. The only book by Neil Gaiman I'd read before this was Good Omens (and I'd seen the film of Stardust obviously) so I wasn't expecting that from this author. A quick warning to any vorarephobes, within the first chapter there's a rather disturbing "unbirthing" scene. This is not necessary to the story so you could skip it if you like, but just a warning.

However, the story itself is rather interesting, nothing is quite as it seems and there are some interesting twists and turns taken towards the end, even a few loose ends tied up in the process. Pay attention though, some characters mentioned at the very beginning and then not seen for most of the story will be back, so remember names.
Also, Mr. Gaiman obviously did a lot of research not only into the mythology of many cultures but also into the history, geography and culture of America. As a side note, if you ever have trouble visualising a place in the book, you can generally look it up on Google image search, as almost all the places visited in the story are real.

If you're into supernatural and are not too sensitive to adult themes then this book is for you, for those who are of a more sensitive disposition, just remember this would be rated 18 if it were a film, but it's still an interesting journey and I think I learnt a few things along the way.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want it to end... 17 Sept. 2012
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I will keep this short. I read this when it came out and enjoyed it, almost 10 years on I picked it up again and loved it. I have found myself thinking about the book when away from it, it has a magical effect, so fantastical yet so grounded in reality that you will never look at a cat or an undertaker in quite the same way. I am very excited to hear that HBO are planning a series based on it and the author is writing a sequel... Can't wait! If you like your fantasy a little dark, a little humorous, a little real, this is the book for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rambling, chaotic, wild, confused - and wondrous 4 Sept. 2013
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This republished version of Neil Gaiman's novel from 2001 is like a director's cut of a movie. Originally differently edited, Gaiman here releases the book he originally wrote, more or less.

It is one of those shambling, rambling, picaresque Don Quixote type tall tales - except the landscape is remarkably dark, gothic, terrifying and bloody, as well as quirky, inventive and playful.

A mysterious man, Shadow, whose rather mythic identity will eventually be revealed is released from his prison sentence early. And from then on, things go abysmally wrong. The symbolically named Shadow, who indeed, always seems to be in someone's, stumbles into a complex ancient battleground of mankind's yearning dreams, of the stories we told ourselves of gods and heroes, past and present, of what we worshipped and adored.

Gaiman peoples America with the various gods brought from various parts of the globe, by those who landed on her shores, from history and from prehistory. Bellicose Norse Gods rub shoulders with matriarchal pagans from Africa, Egyptian animal headed gods accompany leprechauns and pixies. Savage humour and horrific zombies party together. Orpheus makes a different kind of journey into a different kind of Hades, and Eurydice is far from a pretty sight.

Ancient gods like these have been forgotten, but linger on, and modern America worships new myths, creates new creatures of power - mass media, technology - paler but no less violent gods, and as demanding of human sacrifice.

I'm not absolutely certain (not having read the original) whether the 'writer's cut' improves the no doubt rather less rambling version of 10 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
Just finished this. An epic book with modern twist on the gods of old.
Published 5 days ago by Andy Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing as I was expecting more after reading great reviews!
Very strange book. It took me just longer than half way through to be completely hooked on the storyline. I would say it was quite a hard read. Read more
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Published 21 days ago by A. S. Biles
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Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
A book for adults with open minds. An excellent choice for me. As good as any Gaiman book I have read
Published 23 days ago by Chris Hyde
4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
A book to make you think; a great storyline with twists and turns. An alternative but real universe that explores myths and legends, and human fragility.
Published 24 days ago by Ashmacbash
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best.
Gaiman is king of contemporary urban fantasy. Flawless. Can't wait to read again.
Published 1 month ago by Book Fanatic
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Loved it better than anticipated 😀
Published 1 month ago by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Still for me his best book and I'd read it again
Still for me his best book and I'd read it again. I gave it to my friend and he loved it
Published 1 month ago by charlie k
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