By Neil Gaiman
First released in 2001, American Gods turned an rapid classic-an highbrow and creative benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of leading edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now notice the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary version. Newly up-to-date and improved with the author's hottest textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real party of a contemporary masterpiece via the single, the single, Neil Gaiman.
A typhoon is coming . . .
Locked in the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly watching for the magic day whilst he might go back to Eagle aspect, Indiana. a guy not fearful of what day after today may possibly deliver, all he sought after was once to be with Laura, the spouse he deeply enjoyed, and begin a brand new life.
But simply days earlier than his unlock, Laura and Shadow's ally are killed in an twist of fate. along with his existence in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a role from a beguiling stranger he meets at the manner domestic, an enigmatic guy who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday turns out to understand extra approximately Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday's bodyguard, driving force, and errand boy is much extra attention-grabbing and unsafe than Shadow ever imagined-it is a role that takes him on a dismal and unusual street journey and introduces him to a bunch of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined together 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 notice that underneath the placid floor of way of life a hurricane 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 outstanding synthesis of "mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose" (Michael Dirda, Washington publish ebook World) and as a contemporary phantasmagoria that "distills the essence of America" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it's, easily, a great paintings of literary mind's eye that might suffer for generations.
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