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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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I loved the Midwest references interspersed with gods from so many cultures, and the horror was pretty tame, thank goodnessPublished 8 hours ago by Pgscc
I've noticed that many people don't put in the effort to measure the impact of their words. All to often everything is "awesome" or "amazing". Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Agremna
Great book, not usually a fan of these types of books. Recommended by a friend and I absolutely loved it.Published 16 hours ago by Winnie
There aren't many authors who can hook you from the first paragraph without relying on an unanswered question, but rather on the strength of prose, characterization, and... Read morePublished 1 day ago by dtc107
I read this book for my book club. I have no idea how it got such good ratings. It made no sense and was awful.Published 3 days ago by Eileen Kurtz
This book is awful! How anyone can call this pornographic, dime store style novel "brilliant" is beyond me. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lisa
I wanted to love this book but it meandered too far and wide for me . I enjoyed the main character and the relationship to the God's but the plot was too loose and I felt bored... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Katie
A weird story, some of the times that author just seems to tell the story very passively (no emotions). I couldn't really connect with the main character very much. Read morePublished 5 days ago by wolf
Probably one of the best books I've ever read. I've never felt so enraptured by the characters and by the world he created here. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Isaac Paine