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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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The characters are very interesting and well defined, as they are in all Gaiman writings.
The plot lines that interested me the most came up the least, and I never felt like I really cared too much about the main character... or really anyone in the book.
I felt very much like the cat through the entire book, like I just couldn't get what was really going on.
Wonderful book. One of those books that sticks with you for weeks after you have read it.Published 2 days ago by Catherine Barrow Paxton
A journey into fantasy exercising my seldom utilized fiction muscles. I had only read some of The Sandman series before, and it was very pleasant to see how much I loved Neil... Read morePublished 2 days ago by William Hughston
A wonderful mesh of prose and mythology, American gods manages to incorporate the fabric of American culture into itself seamlessly . . . Read morePublished 2 days ago by Anand Vijayakumar
American gods was a long and often joyless read with a complicated plot and too many characters to keep track of. The later books are far better.Published 3 days ago by LL
I opened the cover thinking I'd read for 10 minutes. An hour later I had no thought of putting it down. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joy Windle
Just ok - Gaiman tries to bring in the names of other characters from his other works (Anansi brothers), it didn't work as well with me. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a gift for my sister who loved it. Not my cup tea but made her happyPublished 5 days ago by Karen Gianni
After finishing my last book I searched for any author that would provide me an escape, and not a waste of my time. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ismael A Montalvo
Instantly one of my favorites. It is loaded with Easter eggs for students of world religion and world history. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Greg from AR