Originally published in 2001, American Gods by Neil Gaiman (PDF) is an excellent urban fantasy book. Because of its brilliant blend of various features of ancient and modern mythology, the bestselling novel has generated countless positive critical responses and won numerous awards.
In an insightful way, the book conveys a new perspective on the relevance of traditional sacred entities amid contemporary Americana, which is stacked with modern technologically. Built around a distant and sort of enigmatic protagonist (Shadow), it delivers a completely thrilling and captivating story. That combination has made Neil Gaiman’s American Gods a huge success.
Cover and Details of American Gods by Neil Gaiman (PDF)
- Title: American Gods
- Author: Neil Gaiman
- Publisher: Harper Perennial
- Date Published: September 2, 2003
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060558121
- ISBN-13: 9780060558123
Summary of the Book
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods by Neil Gaiman takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what–and who–it finds there…
Reviews of American Gods
“Anybody who tells you that the book is about old and new gods, or about a man named Shadow, or about coin tricks, or about having one’s head smashed in for losing a game of checkers, is selling you a line, because those are just details, not the story itself.
Much like any Neil Gaiman story, the devil is in the details, and you just have to resolve yourself to coming along for the ride or you’ll miss it. It’s not one story, or two, it’s many, and it’s all complete…and you have to just read it, and enjoy it, and accept it. Or just don’t bother.
I might as well sell you a violin as sell this book to you, or pluck a synopsis of it from behind your ear and then deposit it in my hand, only to have it turn into a critical review while your attention is elsewhere. But I won’t, you’ll just have to find the magic yourself.“ (by David Monroe at goodreads.com)
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