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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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    An Impressive book

    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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    Brilliant!

    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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    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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    It is a page turner..

    This is the first novel of Mr. Gaiman that I have read though I am familar with his Sandman work. I am pleasantly satified that this book was all I was hoping for and looking for. He delives an intense tale that never gets dull or boring and will keep you reading and turning the pages.

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    Expect the unexpected

    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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