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American Gods

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman, the epic road trip novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Norse Mythology, is an imaginative masterpiece and now the hottest TV series of 2017 starring Ricky Whittle, IanMcShane and Gillian Anderson and broadcast on Amazon Prime Video in the UK. 'Gaiman is a treasure-house of story and we are lucky to have him' Stephen King. After three years in prison, Shadow has served his time. But as the days and hours until his release tick away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before his release date, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday, who claims 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 48mm | 519.99g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • HEADLINE REVIEW
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0755322819
  • 9780755322817
  • 211

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A very fine and imaginative writer The Times 'Gaiman has a rich imagination...and an ability to tackle large themes' Philip Pullmanshow more

About Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the author of over thirty acclaimed books and graphic novels for adults and children, including AMERICAN GODS, STARDUST, CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. His most recent novel for adults, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE was highly acclaimed, appeared on the hardback and paperback Sunday Times bestseller lists and won several awards, including being voted Book of the Year in the National Book Awards 2013: 'Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul' Joanne Harris. The recipient of numerous literary honours, Neil Gaiman's work has been adapted for film, television and radio. He has written scripts for Doctor Who, collaborated with authors and illustrators including Terry Pratchett, Dave McKean and Chris Riddell, and THE SANDMAN is established as one of the classic graphic novels. As George R R Martin says: 'There's no one quite like Neil Gaiman.' Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now lives in America.show more

Rating details

472,611 ratings
4.1 out of 5 stars
5 43% (202,155)
4 34% (161,769)
3 16% (76,331)
2 5% (23,135)
1 2% (9,221)

Our customer reviews

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.show more
by Pieter Dieltjens
Loved it, absolutely loved it and have read it about 5 times now.show more
by Shane Bryan
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