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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.
Although the author was pleased with the publication of his full manuscript I felt it rambled in places and being a fan of this author i was disappointed.Published 17 hours ago by Mrs Gillian M Gough
I hunt down books with this theme and am very picky. I truly loved this book and you can regret humanities cruelty keenly.Published 13 days ago by T. Bell
While it holds all the genius we've come to expect from Gaiman, it falls short of becoming the epic it could have been, or the moral tale it almost was. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Alex
Having greatly enjoyed Neverwhere, and been fairly well entertained by Stardust, I greatly looked forward to reading American Gods. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Mr. J. M. Ainsworth
Briljant story that smartly combines mythology, science fiction and just plain outright storytelling. A must readPublished 28 days ago by Sjv Moons
Enjoyable although confusing at times. Not as good as some of his other books.Published 1 month ago by liz mann