American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel by Neil GaimanAmerican Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel by Neil Gaiman

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel

byNeil Gaiman

Mass Market Paperback | August 16, 2016

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Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text. A modern masterpiece from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman.

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Washington Post) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is the story of Shadow—released from prison just days after his wife and best friend are killed in an accident—who gets recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic trickster, Mr. Wednesday. So begins Shadow’s dark and strange road trip, one that introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.

“Pointed, occasionally comic, often scary, consistently moving and provocative….American Gods is strewn with secrets and magical visions.”—USA Today

“Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive.”—George R. R. Martin

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman was born in Portchester, England on November 10, 1960. Gaiman worked as a journalist and freelance writer for a time, before deciding to try his hand at comic books. Some of his work has appeared in publications such as Time Out, The Sunday Times, Punch and The Observer. His first comic endeavor was the gr...
Title:American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:784 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.77 inPublished:August 16, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062472100

ISBN - 13:9780062472106

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner! What a fantastic story! Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated A list of complaints: 1. The presentation of women was less than commendable. Shadow (the narrator we're supposed to be rooting for) hears men slander women all the time and never comments, or shows distaste, or stands up for what he believes in. Wednesday preys on women (young girls, actually) and we're supposed to find it humourous. All the servers at all the restaurants are women. 2. Shadow is so blah. He doesn't react to anything, he doesn't value his life, and he doesn't seem to care about anything -- even his dead wife, who he spends much of the book thinking about. His few reactions are so subdued they almost dont even count. He has no personality. He is presented as if he is supposed to be the voice of morality in this book, as if he's supposed to be trustworthy -- and yet he does whatever Wednesday demands without question or hesitation. 3. Besides Shadow, no one else has any personality, either. It's just a group of eccentric-looking people spewing witty one-liners that sound stereotypically American. It's so contrived. 4. There's way too much swearing for absolutely no reason; it doesn't add anything valuable to the book, except to make it an overtly macho display of toughness. Read me! I'm a "guy" book! A manly adventure tale! Cigarettes, breasts, and f-words galore! Again, very contrived. 5. The plot is so ambiguous and doesn't really start to make sense until the end. If we'd had a narrator that questioned his surroundings more, maybe the reader would identify with his confusion and stay tuned for the answers. Instead, I literally had no clue what was going on and, like Shadow, did not care. I only managed to finish this story out of loyalty to my book club ;) 6. Neil Gaiman's writing style felt very copy-cat to Stephen King's. Maybe it was the setting or the basic premise, but it reminded me too much of "The Stand" -- which, even though it wasn't my favourite, still did the "American epic" genre better. On top of this, "American Gods" follows a formula we've seen so many times before. It's way too cliché. We have all the typical fantasy / sci-fi lines: "A storm is coming"; "We must act!" "No! We must do nothing!"; "It doesn't matter that you didn't believe in us. We believed in you"; "Blood shall be spilled this day"; etc. 8. There were SO many cultural stereotypes. 9. It was as if someone who had never been to America just took a bunch of things that they've seen on American sitcoms and rolled them together to make a story. Motels! Burgers! Bald eagles! Second-hand cars! Soda pop! Roadtrips! Lucille Ball! It's all here. 10. I never understood throughout this story why the death of the old gods was such a tremendous loss. The old gods were supposed to represent "spirituality" as opposed to the new gods of materialism -- but this wasn't well executed on Neil Gaiman's part. Whereas we were supposed to see this shift of loyalty as having dire consequences, I couldn't exactly root for the supposed "good guys." I'm asking the author: based on what was written, what was so much better about the old gods? What is so much worse about your representation of these gods of credit / tv? "Spirituality” implies some greater connection with the soul, and the earth, and goodness / righteousness – but from what we see of these old gods, they are crude, leery, scummy, self-centred, arrogant, immoral men who expect such things as human sacrifice, easy women, and undignified worship from human beings... just for the sake of "the good ol' days." And I'm not just referring to Wednesday. And yet I like Neil Gaiman! I think he has an interesting mind, and I think I would try another one of his books! HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? Was there anything I did like? 1. I was very interested in the concept of the rise of "new gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon." I think so much more could have been done with this, and a lot about human nature could have been explored... If only the alternative (i.e. the old gods) had been a little easier to sympathize with. 2. This quote: "Listen, gods die when they are forgotten. People too. But the land's still here. The good places, and the bad. The land isn't going anywhere." 3. Shadow riding a freaking thunderbird. And that's about it :/
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down This is the best novel by Gaiman. Couldn't put it down. Luckily, the end is not disappointing at all. A very enjoyable read. It just blew my mind...
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool weird and random, but cool
Date published: 2017-04-16

Editorial Reviews

"American Gods is like a fast run downhill through a maze -- both exhilarating and twisted."