By Neil Gaiman
First released in 2001, American Gods grew to become an rapid classic-an highbrow and inventive benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of cutting edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now notice the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary version. Newly up-to-date and increased with the author's most well-liked textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real occasion of a contemporary masterpiece via the single, the one, Neil Gaiman.
A typhoon is coming . . .
Locked at the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly expecting the magic day whilst he may possibly go back to Eagle aspect, Indiana. a guy not frightened of what the following day may well convey, all he sought after used to be 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 twist of fate. 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, motive force, and errand boy is much extra fascinating and unsafe than Shadow ever imagined-it is a role that takes him on a gloomy and weird highway journey and introduces him to a bunch of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined along with his personal. alongside the way in which Shadow will study that the earlier by no means dies; that everybody, together with his liked Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that goals, totems, legends, and myths are extra genuine than we all know. eventually, he'll detect that underneath the placid floor of way of life a typhoon is brewing-an epic struggle 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 wonderful synthesis of "mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose" (Michael Dirda, Washington put up e-book World) and as a contemporary phantasmagoria that "distills the essence of America" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it really is, without problems, an excellent paintings of literary mind's eye that might suffer for generations.
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American Gods (The 10th Anniversary Edition) by Neil Gaiman