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Shadow gets out of prison early when his wife is killed in a car crash. At a loss, he takes up with a mysterious character called Wednesday, who is much more than he appears. In fact, Wednesday is an old god, once known as Odin the All-father, who is roaming America rounding up his forgotten fellows in preparation for an epic battle against the upstart deities of the Internet, credit cards, television, and all that is wired. Shadow agrees to help Wednesday, and they whirl through a psycho-spiritual storm that becomes all too real in its manifestations. For instance, Shadow's dead wife Laura keeps showing up, and not just as a ghost--the difficulty of their continuing relationship is by turns grim and darkly funny, just like the rest of the book.
Armed only with some coin tricks and a sense of purpose, Shadow travels through, around, and underneath the visible surface of things, digging up all the powerful myths Americans brought with them in their journeys to this land as well as the ones that were already here. Shadow's road story is the heart of the novel, and it's here that Gaiman offers up the details that make this such a cinematic book--the distinctly American foods and diversions, the bizarre roadside attractions, the decrepit gods reduced to shell games and prostitution. "This is a bad land for Gods," says Shadow.
More than a tourist in America, but not a native, Neil Gaiman offers an outside-in and inside-out perspective on the soul and spirituality of the country--our obsessions with money and power, our jumbled religious heritage and its societal outcomes, and the millennial decisions we face about what's real and what's not. --Therese Littleton
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It seemed like the author had too many ideas and too many characters, and still not enough time to develop any of it. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Alex A.
I had not heard of this book until I read an article that the SyFy channel is making a mini-series of this story. So I had to check it out. I was pulled in right away. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Thomas S
I enjoyed reading this book immensly and I feel that the average of four stars really does not do it justice. I encourage any fan of fiction to read this book!Published 14 hours ago by impressed reader
Amazing book, have always loved it. It's a masterpiece with character development that is art itself!Published 2 days ago by Rachel
2nd time reading. Definitely won't be the last. There's just so much to explore in this book.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Yes I like it and it deserves awards it got. But I would hesitate to recommend it as a must-read, the book is just not for everyone. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Tatiana Sushchenko
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but it's definitely an adventure. I liked the overall themes of the book, and it's a very thought-provoking story with great... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Maddy
A good take on the pantheon of deities invented by humans, reminiscent of the Star Trek episode where Kirk, et al, encounter the old Greek gods on a distant planet. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Eric H. Lord