By Neil Gaiman
American Gods is Neil Gaiman's top and such a lot formidable novel but, a frightening, unusual, and hallucinogenic road-trip tale wrapped round a deep exam of the yankee spirit. Gaiman tackles every thing from the onslaught of the knowledge age to the that means of demise, yet he doesn't sacrifice the razor-sharp plotting and narrative kind he's been offering seeing that his Sandman days.
First released in 2001, American Gods grew to become an rapid classic—an highbrow and inventive benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of leading edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now detect the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary variation. Newly up to date and multiplied with the author’s most well liked textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real social gathering of a latest masterpiece through the only, the single, Neil Gaiman.
A typhoon is coming . . .
Locked in the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly awaiting the magic day while he might go back to Eagle element, Indiana. a guy not terrified of what the following day may perhaps carry, all he sought after was once to be with Laura, the spouse he deeply enjoyed, and begin a brand new life.
But simply days sooner than his liberate, Laura and Shadow’s ally are killed in an twist of fate. together with his lifestyles in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a task from a beguiling stranger he meets at the manner domestic, an enigmatic guy who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday turns out to grasp extra approximately Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driving force, and errand boy is way extra fascinating and unsafe than Shadow ever imagined—it is a role that takes him on a depressing and weird highway journey and introduces him to a number of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined together with his personal. alongside the best way Shadow will examine that the previous by no means dies; that everybody, together with his cherished Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that goals, totems, legends, and myths are extra actual than we all know. eventually, he'll detect that underneath the placid floor of way of life a hurricane is brewing—an epic battle for the very soul of America—and that he's status squarely in its path.
Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its extraordinary synthesis of “mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington put up booklet international) and as a latest phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it truly is, simply, an exceptional paintings of literary mind's eye that may undergo for generations.
Gaiman's novella The Monarch of the Glen is a semi-epilogue/partial-sequel, and follows Shadow many years post-American Gods. it's integrated in his brief tale assortment Fragile issues: brief Fictions and Wonders, and likewise in Robert Silverberg's Legends II: New brief Novels by means of the Masters of contemporary Fantasy anthology.