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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mr Gaiman writes a good tale which had me reading it in a day or two- always my personal book test. His main character is likeable and the plot twists at the right points to keep... Read morePublished 7 days ago by J Thorns
There's a reason this book came so highly recommended to me. Absolutely wonderful piece of work.Published 16 days ago by Joe Sullivan
This takes a while. I could see how many readers might give up on it countless times but once you're embroiled, you won't stop until you're done. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mr L Ratcliffe
I really enjoyed this book. Shan't say anything else as I don't want to spoil the plot!Published 29 days ago by TM
Excellent. Very happy with service, condition and above all a terrific read !!Published 1 month ago by Steve G
One of the best ever humanity and divinity epics. Real characters, even when unreal or surreal, and true storytelling genius..Published 1 month ago by Mr Craig Davidson