By Neil Gaiman
First released in 2001, American Gods turned an speedy classic-an highbrow and creative benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of cutting edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now observe the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary version. 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 via the only, the single, Neil Gaiman.
A hurricane is coming . . .
Locked at the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly looking ahead to the magic day while he may perhaps go back to Eagle aspect, Indiana. a guy not afraid of what day after today could 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 ahead of his free up, Laura and Shadow's ally are killed in an coincidence. together with his existence in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a task from a beguiling stranger he meets at the approach 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 unusual highway journey and introduces him to a number of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined along with his personal. alongside the best way Shadow will study that the previous by no means dies; that everybody, together with his loved Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that desires, totems, legends, and myths are extra actual than we all know. eventually, he'll detect that underneath the placid floor of daily life a typhoon is brewing-an epic warfare 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 exceptional synthesis of "mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose" (Michael Dirda, Washington put up publication World) and as a latest phantasmagoria that "distills the essence of America" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it's, comfortably, a very good paintings of literary mind's eye that may suffer for generations.
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