American Gods

American Gods

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'To give him his full title: Neil Gaiman, Architect of Worlds, Svengali of Plot, Shaman of Character, Exploder of Cliche, Master Craftsman of Style, Dreamer Laureate of the Republic of Letters' DAVID MITCHELL

'Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive' GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

'Brilliant and unique' GUARDIAN


'This is about the soul of America, the idea that everyone came here from somewhere' NEIL GAIMAN


After three years in prison, Shadow Moon is free to go home. But hours before his release, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Numbly, he boards a plane where he meets an enigmatic stranger who seems to know Shadow and claims to be an ancient god - and king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. But all around them a storm of unnatural proportions is gathering.

War is coming, an epic struggle for the very soul of America. And Shadow is standing squarely in its path.



**Includes a brand-new author preface, introduction to the author's preferred text, The Monarch of the Glen novella, reading-group discussion questions, an interview with Neil Gaiman and 'How Dare You', an essay on American Gods**
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Product details

  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 48mm | 523g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0755322819
  • 9780755322817
  • 16,048

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'Gaiman has a rich imagination...and an ability to tackle large themes'
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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 Pullman *
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About Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the No.1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of books, graphic novels, short stories, film and television for all ages, and is known for creating extraordinary worlds beyond imagination. He has been awarded numerous literary honours and many of his books have been made into films and adapted for TV and radio. In recent years, Neil wrote and was the showrunner for a critically acclaimed television adaptation of Good Omens, the seminal novel he co-authored with the late Sir Terry Pratchett. He has also written two episodes of Doctor Who and appeared in The Simpsons as himself.

In 2017, Neil became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. He received a Doctor of Letters from the University of St Andrews, is a Professor in the Arts at Bard College and is a Royal Society of Literature fellow. Born in the UK, Neil now mostly lives in America, and travels all around the world every year appearing at festivals, events and conventions.
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Rating details

844,531 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 43% (360,994)
4 34% (288,169)
3 16% (136,519)
2 5% (41,491)
1 2% (17,358)

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