American Gods

American Gods


By (author) Neil Gaiman

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  • Publisher: HEADLINE REVIEW
  • Format: Paperback | 736 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 172mm x 50mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747263744
  • ISBN 13: 9780747263746
  • Sales rank: 12,366

Product description

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break...Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman's epic new novel sees him on the road to the heart of America. Includes extra material exclusive to Headline Review's edition

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Author information

Neil Gaiman is the acclaimed and award-winning author of the novels American Gods, Stardust, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards, his work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust (2007) and the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated animated feature film Coraline (2009). He has written scripts for 'Doctor Who' and collaborated with Terry Pratchett, and The Sandman is already established as one of the classic graphic novels. As George R. R. Martin says, 'There's no one quite like Neil Gaiman'.

Review quote

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long hard look into the soul of America. The Western Mail Cardiff 'Gaiman wittily fleshes out his conceit... his wit and sense of the marvellous shine through, making American Gods an absolute must for fans of the genre' The Times The Times An imaginative fantasy. The Mail on Sunday

Editorial reviews

With bestsellers like The Sandman and Neverwhere behind him, in this book Gaiman strengthens the long-held view that when it comes to spellbinding tales he's the equal of Stephen King and Alan Moore. If you like tales of the supernatural you'll be enthralled by this one. You don't mess with Shadow. He's a hard man, a man who can take care of himself. After three years in prison he is about to be released but a sense of foreboding haunts him. Then, just as he's discharged, he learns his wife Laura has mysteriously died in a car crash. Convinced that something is going on, he leaves prison and in due course falls in with Mr Wednesday who introduces himself as the King of America. Together the pair undertake an incredible journey across the United States with Shadow acting as chauffeur-cum-bodyguard. Grudgingly drawn deeper and deeper into the seemingly supernatural world of his master and bedevilled by improbable events during the day and dark, forbidding dreams at night, Shadow never entirely comes to terms with his companion's strange ways. While nothing's handed to the reader on a plate, clues are to be found throughout the text revealing the plot's mysteries. With his dark plot and remorseless prose Gaiman lures the reader into Shadow's bizarre life, laying bare weird relationships between the protagonists. Long forgotten deities are recalled in what is ultimately a story of supernatural mystery. Immerse yourself in Gaiman's tale: there are dark journeys to be taken and ancient Gods to be met but most of all there's magnificent prose. (Kirkus UK)