American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition - Neil Gaiman

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

By Neil Gaiman

  • Release Date: 2011-06-21
  • Genre: Contemporary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 451 Ratings)

Description

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

A storm is coming . . .

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.

Reviews

  • Nothing more than mortal

    5
    By Steaming pile of myself
    It proved that people are more likely to be obedient than compassionate, indifferent than morally discerning. It's the doubled edged sword. See just like being gaslighted. Gang stalker are perpetrators and victims of the same thing. People internalize and question an experience based upon fear of rejection but also label feelings as good or bad. Taking far too much ownership of them. Praised, when we don't complain, scolded when we do and tortured and shackled by silence. See people are extremely predictable that's what the study of marketing and psychology has proved. what we do is not the work of wizards, false idols, neon gods more appropriately defines these mob leaders. They are not the one teaching anything only proving... it's learned.... from each other created exactly when energy and matter was. We are more pre-destined, witnessing something rather than participating. When the credits role you have to say I did nothing to be here, I had nothing to do with anything here, nothing to be the influence of absolute laws of the universe and as we play with the Idea that we are behind the direction of creation really we are only participating in delusions of grandeur practicing in futility. Whistling in the dark, but we are all fooled by ego great example is pranks or hidden camera shows because we believe that foolishness is a lack of control. I can not be tricked, people would not and my ego would not allow for it but like clock work April 1st could be any moment. Mary Schelly, Orson Wells, Scott Card, twain all realized the vulnerable is everyone and we all can be the one holding the brush painting fences planted there by an idea by the likes of troubled, selfish And sick sense of humor of the Tom Sawyers. Your beautiful transformation into.... Beautiful butterflies is a good idea but your plan aborted them from your ill conceived plan and taking peaceful precious, beauty, innocents and potential transmogrification of perfection to a sci-fi hi tech expire this lab and excitement turns to outrages as you realized atonement is impossible god created perfection man created "planned parenthood" uhhhh Community enrichment and your left with Jeff Goodblums coming out of mechanical cocoons the symbol of wickedness not heavenly perfection has been created and the vile abomination awaits insidiously mirroring the shame. Why do you think? Do you think we are a product of the entirety of world. Possibly witness to production of evolved beliefs and opportunity? Thoughts on the responsibility of individuals and institutions to be held accountable for roles as the directors and regulators of dangerous human behaviors. If you intend on creating an atmosphere that directs experiences into condemning, not self respecting and deviant by taking away opportunities and stacking the deck then who is ultimately the responsible party? Where does complicity start? Extreme physical and emotional stress while imprisoned has shown to provoke false statements, cause people to perform acts against their will or break it til the no longer defend their will, their values or life. over longer periods of time the will even defend their captures accepting they are helpless. Creating and evolution of human development til people will take less then they had before and slowly through the insecurity of losing more happily massa take the inhumane treatment than suffer more brutality and cruelty.
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    5
    By Darth Dakota
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  • I love America. This is how to headlock.

    5
    By Landin 2827
    This is good book. Hahahaha stop it round kick. Birthday back, I tied it better.
  • Disappointed

    1
    By ladybug725
    I tried very hard to get into the story. It is hard to follow. The themes are not well organized. The story is extremely scattered, like a bad trip.
  • Nice!

    5
    By vont
    I really enjoyed this book! I could not put it down. I have had this book for about 4 months and just decided to read it. Excellent! The only problem is it had to end. $ well spent.
  • A classic

    5
    By Magaliciouse
    One of the great must reads.
  • A meditation on America

    5
    By HeavyRaines17
    Floored. Poetic, insightful, funny, suspenseful, confident. An absolute mastery of tone. Much larger than the characters or the plot, this is a meditation upon what America means, what "America" means, and what it means to be an American. This is a love story to "the flyover states", which binds us all together and is more than the sum of its parts. Magnificent.
  • dull

    2
    By Cbus75
    It was readable and interesting enough for a while. And when I started to realize that this story wasn’t going to get to the point anytime soon I continued reading with the hopes that probably there’d be exciting or interesting encounters along the way. When I found myself skimming whole paragraphs, sometimes two or three at a time in an attempt to bypass what seemed to me as more and more unimportant information, I figured the end was near but plodded on, hopeful that excitement was just around the corner. Alas, the end came for me at around page 230. I put it down and know that I won’t pick it up again.
  • Disappointing

    5
    By masterpaster
    Let's just say an Englishperson is probably not the one to write the Great American Novel about American gods. Though I'm a fan of Norse mythology as well as the idea of bringing in old gods now forgotten (where was Zeus?), it was so incomplete in terms of bringing in currently worshipped deities like Allah, Jesus and Jehovah - or more discussion of the gods of indigenous North Americans and South Americans - it fell seriously short.
  • Mesmerizing

    5
    By DrMcDougall
    An amazing tale of tales - of folklore, of ideas, myths, beliefs and ways of life - we follow the travels of Shadow and we see pieces of ourselves in the daylight and late at night - we awaken to find we are still within the dream, of our own making or of others plans all along, we do not know - the question is, what do we believe? Recommend this book highly, but will you take a chance on my recommendation or strike out on your own? Happy trails...

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