- Publisher: HEADLINE REVIEW
- Format: Paperback | 736 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 48mm | 520g
- Publication date: 1 February 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0755322819
- ISBN 13: 9780755322817
- Sales rank: 2,965
The extraordinary, highly acclaimed epic novel from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. 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 novel sees him on the road to the heart of America. Includes extra material exclusive to this Headline Review edition.
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Neil Gaiman has spent his adult life making things up and writing them down. He lives more in America than he does anywhere else. He has written books and films and children's books and television. He has a blog over at www.neilgaiman.com. He's won more than his fair share of literary awards, was voted twenty-first equal on a recent poll of Great British Authors, and has no idea where he put his keys.
By Pieter Dieltjens 19 Mar 2010
The story follows Shadow, an ex convict, whose wife recently died. He comes into contact with a mysterious man named Wednesday, who employs him to be his personal bodyguard. The backdrop for the story is modern America, where Gods wander around like ordinary people. Here the Old Gods of ancient mythology come into conflict with the modern gods like Media and Internet, which will inevitably result in a battle of epic proportions. With American Gods, Neil Gaiman shows that he is a first class author. He has the gift of merging real life with fantasy, in a totally believable way. With over 600 pages, American Gods is Gaiman's lengthiest novel and at the same time also much slower paced than for example Neverwhere, thus allowing room for detailed character development. What makes the book so good is the fact that you feel sympathy with every single character, even if some are seriously flawed. Combining that with an engaging story, results in a book that comes highly recommended, even if you don't like the fantasy novel genre. Many authors in this particular genre fall into the trap of taking ages to describe their worlds, while Gaiman lets his characters do the talking. American Gods has won many prizes and for good reason: this book is heavenly good.
By Shane Bryan 09 Nov 2009
Loved it, absolutely loved it and have read it about 5 times now.
A very fine and imaginative writer The Times 'Gaiman has a rich imagination...and an ability to tackle large themes' Philip Pullman