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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380789035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380789030
  • ASIN: B008YE9226
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
An amazing book with a great premise. If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman then you should already have an idea of what to expect; and if you're not, you either will become one, or really shouldn't read this book. His prose is impressive, but easy to read, and his characters believable (even those who are long forgotten gods). In typical Gaiman fashion this story weaves together fantasy, myth, and reality in to a seamless whole that makes you wonder if maybe there's more in the world, another layer of reality which you're missing. It starts off a little slow, but the characters keep you engrossed until the story picks up. American Gods is a truly great work, and I highly recommend it for readers looking for an enthralling tale, a potent allegory, or simply a piece of quality writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kayla Hunt - Published Author on December 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This novel was confusing when I started to read it. I pushed forward and discovered through the confusion there was an intriguing plot. Ancient Gods of all cultures around the world versus what humans are beginning to worship today; technology, cell phones, computers, and internet. In the past people clung to their religions and beliefs every day. Today, people can't leave their cell phones more then a few feet away.
One of the old Gods, Mr. Wednesday, decides to start a war against these new Gods of technology. Gaiman untwists the mystery to reveal shocking truths about human nature.
This book is for intelligent people who an read through the lines and understand the underlying message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raptorific on December 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
One of the few books I stared reading before bed and finished as the sun was coming up. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a gripping read
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By Kenneth E. Garrett on July 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book was an original take and an adventure that leads you to ask a lot of questions. I enjoyed it.
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I am putting the summary of this book up front, because I think not having read a summary somewhat lessened my enjoyment of the story.

Summary:
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what and who it finds there…

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***Warning I don’t think this review spoils anything but there are some minor hints and what might be considered VERY minor spoilers about this book***

Before I begin, I want to make it clear that I did really enjoy this story. And even though I enjoyed this story, my feelings about it are incredibly complex, but at the end of the day I have given it 4.5 stars.

But why only 4.5 stars when there are 5 to give? Well, like I said, my feelings about this story are incredibly complex. Let me see if I can explain why.

I have read a number of other stories by Neil Gaiman, and really enjoyed them. I knew that this book, if not really the same story, was at least related to Anansi Boys and at least had some of the same characters. And as I said I have read other books by Neil and I really enjoyed them.
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By that guy on May 30, 2014
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Read the summary, this is a very interesting and original idea if you're fascinated with any type of lore, has a bit of everything in there, Three cheers for Neil Gaiman!
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