The storm was coming....Shadow spent three years in prison, keeping his head down, doing his time. All he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and to stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his scheduled release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an... show more
The storm was coming....Shadow spent three years in prison, keeping his head down, doing his time. All he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and to stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his scheduled release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.On the plane ride home to the funeral, Shadow meets a grizzled man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A self-styled grifter and rogue, Wednesday offers Shadow a job. And Shadow, a man with nothing to lose, accepts.But working for the enigmatic Wednesday is not without its price, and Shadow soon learns that his role in Wednesday's schemes will be far more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. Entangled in a world of secrets, he embarks on a wild road trip and encounters, among others, the murderous Czernobog, the impish Mr. Nancy, and the beautiful Easter -- all of whom seem to know more about Shadow than he himself does.Shadow will learn that the past does not die, that everyone, including his late wife, had secrets, and that the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined.All around them a storm of epic proportions threatens to break. Soon Shadow and Wednesday will be swept up into a conflict as old as humanity itself. For beneath the placid surface of everyday life a war is being fought -- and the prize is the very soul of America.As unsettling as it is exhilarating, American Gods is a dark and kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an America at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. Magnificently told, this work of literary magic will haunt the reader far beyond the final page.
Publish date: June 19th 2001
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 465
Edition language: English
Series: American Gods (#1)
by Neil Gaiman I kept hearing how good this book is, so when a buddy read came up, I had to join in. I had even bought the book without my usual vetting through reading a sample. The beginning surprised me. It wasn't at all like I expected and although there were hints of weirdness to come, I fo...
American Gods is a big sprawling road trip novel with surviving ancient deities and modern conspiracies and a fairly ordinary man stuck in the middle of it. There are grifters and zombies and men in black style feds, and a Wisconsin town that rivals Lake Wobegon. You really get the feeling that Gaim...
[spoiler] I'm on the fence about what rating should I give to this title. Even though the score I put down is three stars, a 3.5 rating is more accurate. This alternate version is the first time I checked out this story, so I can't compare how it is to the original text. The first part of the story ...
I'm not usually an audio book person, the one person reading with just changing voice doesn't distance characters enough for me, so when I saw this was an ensemble cast, I jumped all over it. I watched the show on Starz before listening to this and was pleasantly surprised at how closely the show...
I read American Gods once and became good at USA geographyMan, I nearly gave this book only 3 stars. I was simply enjoying the fun roadtrip and then visiting Gods and hearing them rant about how hard their lives were, so going through the chapter where Shadow decides he'll sacrifice himself and gets...