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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.
Enjoyable although confusing at times. Not as good as some of his other books.Published 4 days ago by liz mann
Brilliant imagination. Original and an unusual tour of America. Perhaps could have gone a little deeper with the Gods, some of the characters lacked depth. Well most of them. Read morePublished 11 days ago by tim
My least favourite of his books but still a great way of wasting some time enjoyably. Disappointed the gods don't drink something classier than BudweiserPublished 18 days ago by Dejan Stamenkovic
I don't know why I've avoided Neil Gaiman for so long. Just finished this, and this may be one of the few books I'd like to read again. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Eric
a really well written book, constructed excellently and splendid story line.
Brilliant book. Great work of imagination and story telling. Brings the old gods to life in modern america. Stunning achievement. A wonderful interpretation of Odin.Published 25 days ago by roger brook
The book arrived in good time, but I have to say it was in a bit of a state it had mug stains on the back and. Also it had a different cover from what was advertised.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer