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American Gods. Paperback – May 1, 2002


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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 (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,415 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
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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
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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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American Gods follows Shadow on his journey. It starts out with Shadow in prison, soon to be released. On the eve of his release, he finds out his wife (Laura) has just died and that he's getting released early. Shadow travels back home for his wife's funeral. Along the way, he encounters Mr. Wednesday, who acts oddly and seems to know more about Shadow than he should. Shadow tries to ditch Mr. Wednesday, only to have him turn up again like a bad penny. It seems Mr. Wednesday wants to hire Shadow to work for him. After several drinks of mead, Shadow agrees. The work mostly entails driving Mr. Wednesday around, and, should he die, holding a vigil for him. Slowly Shadow realizes there is more to Mr. Wednesday than he imagined. Known by many other names, Odin is the most prominent, a God. Odin and Shadow travel America searching out others to help them in the upcoming war. Gods originally arrived in America via the belief of the people who traveled to America. Over time, belief in Gods has wained and been replaced by technology and cultural fads. Lack of belief weakens them and has caused many of the American Gods to lead a life of mere existence rather than the life enjoyed in their glory days.

This was an interesting read. Not really like the other works I've read by Gaiman, but his stamp is still on it. I liked coming to the realization of who the various Gods were as Shadow was drawing the same conclusions. I must admit, I was slow on the uptake and didn't realize who one was until the very end (though this was as intended since that's when Shadow realizes it as well). I think in the end, I was hoping for a bit more fantasy or supernatural elements, thus the 4 star rating instead of 5.
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By Kenneth E. Garrett on July 1, 2014
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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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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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By M. A. Beauchamp on April 26, 2014
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A very strange, fantastic journey into the heart of small-town American, in a world where old gods still roam, fading from lack of attention, and new gods (media, internet) worry about the transience of worship. Part of this novel is perfectly realistic and normal, in a Richard Russo sort of way; part is purely fantastic and mythical; and part is even frightening à la Stephen King. There are dead people walking, gods warring, strange literate allusions and side-stories that are wonderfully well-told and yet totally digressive. Often I'd want to skip those to move on with the main narrative, yet I'd find myself caught in those side stories and keep on reading, captivated.
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