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American Gods Mass Market Paperback – April 30, 2002
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American Gods is Neil Gaiman's best and most ambitious novel yet, a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit. Gaiman tackles everything from the onslaught of the information age to the meaning of death, but he doesn't sacrifice the razor-sharp plotting and narrative style he's been delivering since his Sandman days.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Titans clash, but with more fuss than fury in this fantasy demi-epic from the author of Neverwhere. The intriguing premise of Gaiman's tale is that the gods of European yore, who came to North America with their immigrant believers, are squaring off for a rumble with new indigenous deities: "gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon." They all walk around in mufti, disguised as ordinary people, which causes no end of trouble for 32-year-old protagonist Shadow Moon, who can't turn around without bumping into a minor divinity. Released from prison the day after his beloved wife dies in a car accident, Shadow takes a job as emissary for Mr. Wednesday, avatar of the Norse god Grimnir, unaware that his boss's recruiting trip across the American heartland will subject him to repeat visits from the reanimated corpse of his dead wife and brutal roughing up by the goons of Wednesday's adversary, Mr. World. At last Shadow must reevaluate his own deeply held beliefs in order to determine his crucial role in the final showdown. Gaiman tries to keep the magical and the mundane evenly balanced, but he is clearly more interested in the activities of his human protagonists: Shadow's poignant personal moments and the tale's affectionate slices of smalltown life are much better developed than the aimless plot, which bounces Shadow from one episodic encounter to another in a design only the gods seem to know. Mere mortal readers will enjoy the tale's wit, but puzzle over its strained mythopoeia. (One-day laydown, June 19)Forecast: Even when he isn't in top form, Gaiman, creator of the acclaimed Sandman comics series, trumps many storytellers. Momentously titled, and allotted a dramatic one-day laydown with a 12-city author tour, his latest will appeal to fans and attract mainstream review coverage for better or for worse because of the rich possibilities of its premise.
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I have read several book by Neil Gaiman and this is by far one of the best if not the Best Novel he has ever written. Such a great story and for those romantics out there you will really love this book, as it shows that anyone can find love in even the most remote of places and really teach what love is, etc. Enjoy!
Fantastic imagery, great book, good humour, wonderful fantasy.
This book is... it's fantastic by all the definition of the word. It's about what happens in the lands where fairytales come from. About how the people from our world vaguely interact with them. About how our lullabies are songs of great power or wisdom in 'that' world. It's a story about betraying princes and lost heirs to the Throne. About immortal love. About secret wars.
I'm not exaggerating. It's all in there.
This book also has that "that" which made The Lord of The Rings, epic. There are lots of charactes that come in and out of the story. Characters with backgrounds you can almost glimpse, before they flee into the background once more. You can almost feel that world, behind the main story. A living, breathing world.
Written in perfect victorian style, it's a story you won't be able to put aside, so I recommend the reader to be ready. Don't start this book if you won't be able to finish it immediatly. For every minute you pass not knowing what became of young Tristran Thorn, will be a minute of wishing you didn't stopped reading.
Does not know why he was born
And a foolish oath has sworn
Trews and coat and shirt are torn
So he sits here all forlorn
Soon to face his true love's scorn
Dunstan Thorn meets a beautiful, enslaved woman at the fair and nine months later a baby is delivered to his doorstep.
Dunstan's son, Tristran, grows up not knowing his heritage. When he falls in love, he rashly promises his beloved that he will do anything for her. Not really taking him seriously, she asks him to bring her back a falling star.
Tristran sets off into the land of faerie in search of the fallen star, only to discover that the star is a sharp-tongued young girl. Their journey exposes them to great danger from a witch and the surviving Stormhelm brothers, who all are willing to harm the star for their own benefit. Along the way, Tristran's good heart leads to help which comes from unexpected places.
The writing is witty and lyrical. A couple of sex scenes make this more appropriate for mature readers.
The audio version is especially delightful as Neil Gaiman reads it himself.
I don't usually like Gaiman as a story teller; that said strangely I do enjoy his stories. Besides if Terry Pratchett liked him enough to collaborate occasionally then I'm obviously missing something so I keep reading his work trying to find out. Secretly, I believe it is because he is clever, humorous, and has a killer vocabulary and I just don’t see it… no accounting for taste
I did like this book mostly because it a bit different from the film which I recommend over this book… But that’s me, what can I say? However, if you like Mr. Neil’s works then buy and enjoy.