By Neil Gaiman
First released in 2001, American Gods grew to become an speedy 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 variation. Newly up-to-date and accelerated with the author's hottest textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real get together of a contemporary masterpiece via the only, the one, Neil Gaiman.
A typhoon is coming . . .
Locked in the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly anticipating the magic day while he may well go back to Eagle element, Indiana. a guy not afraid of what day after today may 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 earlier than his unencumber, 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 task from a beguiling stranger he meets at the method 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, motive force, and errand boy is much extra fascinating and unsafe than Shadow ever imagined-it is a task that takes him on a dismal and unusual highway journey and introduces him to a number 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 loved Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that desires, totems, legends, and myths are extra actual than we all know. finally, he'll realize that underneath the placid floor of way of life a hurricane 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 tremendous synthesis of "mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose" (Michael Dirda, Washington put up ebook World) and as a contemporary phantasmagoria that "distills the essence of America" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it truly is, conveniently, an excellent paintings of literary mind's eye that may undergo for generations.
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