By Neil Gaiman
American Gods is Neil Gaiman's most sensible and such a lot bold novel but, a frightening, unusual, and hallucinogenic road-trip tale wrapped round a deep exam of the yankee spirit. Gaiman tackles every little thing from the onslaught of the knowledge age to the which means of loss of life, yet he doesn't sacrifice the razor-sharp plotting and narrative variety he's been supplying for the reason that his Sandman days.
First released in 2001, American Gods turned an rapid classic—an highbrow and inventive benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of leading edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now observe the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary variation. Newly up-to-date and accelerated with the author’s hottest textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real party of a latest masterpiece through the only, the one, Neil Gaiman.
A typhoon is coming . . .
Locked at the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly watching for the magic day while he may possibly go back to Eagle element, Indiana. a guy now not afraid of what the next day to come could convey, all he sought after was once to be with Laura, the spouse he deeply enjoyed, and begin a brand new life.
But simply days ahead of his unencumber, Laura and Shadow’s ally are killed in an coincidence. together with his lifestyles in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a task from a beguiling stranger he meets at the manner domestic, an enigmatic guy who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday turns out to grasp extra approximately Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driving force, and errand boy is way extra attention-grabbing and unsafe than Shadow ever imagined—it is a role that takes him on a depressing and unusual highway journey and introduces him to a bunch of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined together with his personal. alongside the best way Shadow will study that the prior by no means dies; that everybody, together with his cherished Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that goals, totems, legends, and myths are extra actual than we all know. eventually, he'll realize that underneath the placid floor of daily life a hurricane is brewing—an epic conflict for the very soul of America—and that he's status squarely in its path.
Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its incredible synthesis of “mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington publish booklet global) and as a contemporary phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it really is, effectively, a superb paintings of literary mind's eye that would undergo for generations.
Gaiman's novella The Monarch of the Glen is a semi-epilogue/partial-sequel, and follows Shadow many years post-American Gods. it really is incorporated in his brief tale assortment Fragile issues: brief Fictions and Wonders, and likewise in Robert Silverberg's Legends II: New brief Novels by means of the Masters of recent Fantasy anthology.
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