• Paperback: 576 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; The Tenth Anniversary Edition, with TV Tie-in jacket art (March 28, 2017)
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Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the 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 a 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. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and 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.
PLUS… don’t miss American Gods: The Official Coloring Book, featuring illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert, Craig Phillips, and Jon Proctor. Indulge your inner artist and revel in the stunning imagery of the gods and people, places and artifacts of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
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A rather politically and religiously charged novel that doesn’t just show us America as it is now, but as it used to be and could be in the future, American Gods takes readers to places that exist on the fringe, places that never could exist, and places that should but don’t (yet.) Those hard to find nooks and crannies, sleepy towns steeped in urban myths, and the streams hidden within dying forests.
Some readers have complained that the book meanders, but for me, some of the best moments are in the sprawling spaces between the main narrative and the tangents. Gaiman is a master of stories within stories and this novel is no exception.
I’m a believer in reading a book for yourself rather than taking someone else’s opinion to heart before giving it a try, but in this case I’m on the other side of the fence, asking you to do yourself a favor and spend some time with a modern myth maker. There’s a reason Gaiman has legions of die-hard fans, and why people are constantly trying to set his works to film. He has a way of utterly immersing the reader in his works and making even unsympathetic, atrocious characters readable.
Books like American Gods make great adaptations when given proper care and artistic flair, especially since censorship isn’t quite what it used to be thanks to Starz and other premium cable channels. And Streaming video of course. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the television version, and have already enjoyed some of the visuals I’ve been privy to thus far.
If you want a book that’s fluffy and light, this won’t be it. But if you want something substantial, legendary and full of more esoteric references than a Jungian journal, pick up American Gods today.
Thank you so much to HarperCollins/William Morrow and TLC Book tours for the review opportunity!
About Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.