American Gods (American Gods)

American Gods (American Gods)

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 s Days before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way b...

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Title:American Gods (American Gods)
Author:Neil Gaiman
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:American Gods
Edition Language
English
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:635 pages pages

American Gods (American Gods) Reviews

  • Dan
    Oct 02, 2007
    This book (in a very round about way) taught me what good literature is. My mother was telling me about this book, and commented that it is good literature. Now, I was surprised to hear this because Neil Gaiman is usually a nonstop sex and violence party of disaffected goth teenager fa...
  • Warwick
    Sep 02, 2015
    I find it really weird how many American media products have the word "American" in the title. Obviously, this; a few weeks back I also read American Rust. You've got your American Beauty, American Ninja, An American Werewolf in London. American Psycho. American Sniper. American Pie, A...
  • Bill  Kerwin
    Nov 10, 2012
    In this unique love letter to the United States, Gaiman manages to celebrate its underground spiritual traditions, glory in the magnificence of its landmarks, landscapes, and bizarre tourist traps, and--most important--both mourn and venerate its pagan (often immigrant) gods in decli...
  • Kelly
    Jun 05, 2007
    Update: Re-read for the first time in years to prep for reviewing the tv show. So excited!!! I'm recapping for B&N, I'll be putting links up on my profile periodically to the recaps. Overall, this is a harder book than I remembered. So much harder (as in, harder-edged) and more...
  • mark monday
    Feb 07, 2012
    a protagonist, Shadow. calm, collected, quiet, passive, cagey, a tough guy and a sensitive guy. his life has been about reacting and not impacting. he moves through his story as if through a dream; tragedies and betrayals and mysteries and confidence games, the beginnings and endings o...
  • Trevor
    Feb 21, 2008
    I did like this, I liked this very much. This was on my to read list and given I?ve never heard of the guy before it must have been recommended to me by someone. No idea who, though. It is a little surprising that when I looked no one I knew had reviewed this book. What had inspir...
  • Patrick
    Jun 29, 2009
    Whenever we have a cold snap here in Wisconsin, I find myself thinking about one of my favorite pieces of American Gods. I remember reading it back in 2002 or so. This was back in the day. Back when it was a bit of a secret that Gaiman lived in Wisconsin. I read the following s...
  • Stacey
    Mar 24, 2008
    In 2003, I walked away from my childhood religion ? a high control (some would say abusive) group with a tiny little worldview and a severe superiority complex. This was my reality: I believed with all my being that the things depicted above were real, and ...
  • Cecily
    Jul 30, 2017
    "Many things prove to me that the gods take part in the affairs of man." - Herodotus In Gaiman?s story, the converse is equally true: the very existence of the gods depends on the affairs of mankind, specifically, that people believe in them. Like mortals, they need to be loved. ...
  • David Monroe
    Jun 08, 2008
    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 Gaim...
  • Stephen
    Jun 26, 2011
    My literary promiscuity being what it is, I have read and loved a lot of novels in many different genres. However, among the beau coup books that I have loved long time there are a select few that hold a special, hallowed place in my pantheon of favorites?American Gods is one of...
  • David Katzman
    Sep 23, 2012
    I find myself shocked at the awards this book has won and the praise heaped upon it. How on Gods? Earth could a book about Gods walking on the Earth among mortals be so pedestrian? Somehow Gaiman managed to turn a potentially cool premise into something boring. For those who love thi...
  • Anne
    Apr 13, 2009
    High 3.5 maybe 4 stars? I can't say this is one I would recommend to everyone, and I certainly won't be shoving it down people's throats. But I liked it. Now, somehow I ended up with the extended 10 year anniversary edition. So, maybe that's why it took me forever to finish t...
  • Kat Kennedy
    Jul 07, 2010
    A man was swallowed by a woman's vagina - so my mom wrote me a note and now I don't have to review this book anymore. ...
  • Bradley
    Aug 20, 2017
    I remembered raving and raving about this book back in the day, reading it long before I read his Sandman and going... wow. :) And very wow. Up to that point, we hadn't had much of the god-punk genre. I like to believe that Gaiman was the one that really popularized the whole notion...
  • Lyn
    Jan 17, 2012
    American Gods by Neil Gaiman, by the author?s own description, is a work that has inspired strong emotions and little in between ? readers have either liked it a lot, or loathed it entirely. Reading some of the reviews bears witness to this dichotomy. I liked it, liked it a...
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    May 18, 2017
    4.5 stars ...
  • ♛Tash
    Jul 28, 2014
    For a confused minute (or a week really if I can be truly honest with myself), I tried typing power overwhelming using my Kindle Paperwhite. Now kids, power overwhelming is a Star Craft cheat that made ones' troops god-like or invincible. I wanted god-like powers so I'd have the power ...
  • Megs ♥
    Oct 31, 2011
    This is a tough review for me to write. I'm not exactly sure what it is about this book that I don't like. I'm not sure there even IS something I don't like. Since I don't want to just leave you all with the ever popular "I'm just not that into it", I will try to explain. This book ...
  • Inge
    Sep 19, 2012
    DNF 26% I tried, okay? I genuinely want to like Neil Gaiman. I want to fall in love with his stories, and be enchanted, and all things wonderful. But this book is not going to do that for me. It was weird - stories about eating tiger balls and man-eating vaginas, I cannot deal with....
  • Huda Yahya
    Mar 13, 2013
    ?? ??? ????? ????????? ????????? ???????? ??????? ????????? ??????? ??????? ??????? ???? ???? ??? ??????? "If you are to survive, you must believe." "Believe what?" asked Shadow. "...
  • Samantha
    Jan 03, 2018
    I listened to the full cast audiobook of this while on a long drive and I highly recommend it for the experience. This book is meandering, in such a way that you can feel yourself getting lost. But, in Gaiman fashion, he has a way of tying everything up in the end (or not in some c...
  • Matthew
    Sep 28, 2016
    My first thought on this book: This is a 2.5 to 3 star book max for me. I am pretty sure this will be my last Neil Gaiman book. I have tried two others (Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch and The Ocean at the End of the Lane) and one of those was...
  • Jayson
    Aug 01, 2013
    (A-) 81% | Very Good Notes: The concept?s pretty brilliant, but the plot can be slow and plodding at times and the end doesn't live up to the build. ...
  • Adina
    Aug 27, 2014
    I finished American Gods two weeks ago and I postponed writing a review as I was trying to come up with something smart to match the book. Obviously, as always when I struggle too much, nothing comes to min. I will just let my heart do the talking, then. Neil Gaiman is a genius. Th...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Aug 27, 2015
    Do you ever read a book and become completely lost in the words and, ultimately, wonder what is actually happening? Well, I do. So, I go back and read the bits I may not have picked up or accidently skimmed over. This allows me to actually understand the book. I tried doing that with t...
  • emma
    Jun 27, 2017
    I am writing this review ten months after I started this book, and eight months after finishing it, because in addition to me taking two-thirds of a year to get around to penciling in some thoughts I also took straight up sixty days to read it. Well, not read it. Listen to it. T...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Jun 24, 2017
    ??Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed in the end.?? Why do gods have to fight and die? Isn?t there enough space in people?s hearts to accommodate everyone, as in the...
  • Miranda Reads
    Jan 23, 2018
    Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end. The Old Gods - brought over by immigrants. Wild, fantastical tales of elephant-headed men and trickster spiders. Of power and lust...
  • Oceana2602
    Jul 01, 2008
    "Read Gaiman!" they say. "I can't believe you've never read Gaiman! You have GOT TO read Gaiman!" "Gaiman is SUCH an important part of popular culture and one of the BEST contemporary writers! You HAVE TO READ GAIMAN!" Well, I've read Gaiman now. Hi Gaiman! Bye Gaiman! Let ...