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First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic-an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

A storm is coming . . .

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined-it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing-an epic war for the very soul of America-and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.

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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel
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4.4 / 5
August 14th, 2015
Gritty adventure novel set in the USA commenting on immigration and modern society. Couldn't put it down.
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July 11th, 2015
I never know what to expect from Gaiman except I will be transported into a story rich with characters I couldn't dream up if I tried. Again, I was up till the wee hours, ridiculously sleep-deprived as I lost myself in another surreal and delicious Gaiman world. My next read, whayever that is, will seem depressingly bland and cliché.
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An Impressive book
December 28th, 2014
You got love when an autor is this bold and competent. It is a fiction like no other. It is a "larger than myth" story, that try to explain the roots of America. And it is fun.
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Not his best
February 4th, 2014
Most of Gaimen's books are the same. Some misfit stumbles upon a world just outside our sight and then has to struggle to get home. See Stardust, Neverwhere, Coraline, etc. Most are very compelling regardless, but this one got a bit too weird for me. The embodiment of modern Gods (money, technology, the like) as physical beings was a leap I just couldn't make, and the protagonist was someone I just didn't like at all. This hasn't stopped me from reading and enjoying more of his work, but I do wish I had started with one of his other books.
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Expect the unexpected
January 2nd, 2014
Except for 2 scenes (which were too "explicit" for my taste) I really enjoyed this book! I love how Gaimans stories are always kind of unpredictable.
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December 10th, 2013
I have read countless books by countless authors and this is one of the best books I have ever read. This will without a doubt be one of 5 books I have ever bothered to re read. I will give it some time to mellow while I try a few more books by Gaiman out but I can't wait to reread it and see what I missed. I could hardly put it down, it has a perfect pace great story with well developed characters and it left me guessing right up to the last few pages. I will recommend this book to any and everyone I talk to about reading and good books.
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American bore
November 22nd, 2013
My first contact with Neil Gaiman was NEVERWHERE. I loved it. It is one of the best, most captivating book I've EVER read. My second contact was the movie STARDUST. Awesome movie, I haven't read the book yet. My third contact is American gods... and I don't remember when last I regretted buying a book this much. A depressed and suicidal demigod on a road trip on America's back roads, unwittingly working for two con-men (huh, con-gods)...soooooooooo boooooooooriiiing...oh well, better luck next time Mr Gaiman... here's hoping your other books are half as good as NEVERWHERE...
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October 4th, 2013
This is Neil Gaiman's best book to date and that is saying something since he has written many great book.
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