American Gods (Paperback)

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It's hard to summarize this book into a few lines, but the basic premise is this: as immigrants come to America, they bring their gods with them, and as they assimilate their gods become mostly normal people, having to work for a living while dreaming about their past lives. Enter into this world a man named Wednesday, who is preparing for a war between the old gods and the new ones that are growing more powerful in modern America--the gods of finance, technology, and Hollywood. Prepare to be blown away by this epic novel by the master of fantasy--seriously this novel deserves to be read, savored, and read again. --Andrew

It's hard to summarize this book into a few lines, but the basic premise is this: as immigrants come to America, they bring their gods with them, and as they assimilate their gods become mostly normal people, having to work for a living while dreaming about their past lives. Enter into this world a man named Wednesday, who is preparing for a war between the old gods and the new ones that are growing more powerful in modern America--the gods of finance, technology, and Hollywood. Prepare to be blown away by this epic novel by the master of fantasy--seriously this novel deserves to be read, savored, and read again. --Andrew

Description


Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming -- a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path.

One of the most talked-about books of the new millennium, American Gods is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an American landscape at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. It is, quite simply, a contemporary masterpiece.

About the Author


Neil Gaiman has written award-winning books for children and adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book and Coraline, Stardust, and Odd and the Frost Giants. His picture books include Instructions and Blueberry Girl, illustrated by Charles Vess; The Wolves in the Walls, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and Crazy Hair, illustrated by Dave McKean; and The Dangerous Alphabet, illustrated by Gris Grimly. A baby giant panda once sat on his lap and ate bamboo in Chengdu, China.

Praise for American Gods…


American Gods is sexy, thrilling, dark, funny and poetic."
-Teller, of Penn & Teller

“Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive; a picaresque journey across America where the travelers are even stranger than the roadside attractions.”
-George R. R. Martin

"American Gods is like a fast run downhill through a maze -- both exhilarating and twisted."
-Jane Lindskold, author of Changer and

“Gaiman understands the shape of stories.”
-Patrick Rothfuss, www.tor.com

Product Details ISBN-10: 0060558121
ISBN-13: 9780060558123
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 09/01/2003
Pages: 624
Language: English