American Gods

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Headline Feature, 2001 - Bodyguards - 504 pages
204 Reviews

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the days, then the hours, then the seconds until his release tick away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But they are being followed by someone with whom Shadow must make his peace ...

Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman's epic new novel sees him on the road to the heart of America.

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Very interesting premise. - Goodreads
The plot is awkwardly structured. - Goodreads
Neil Gaiman is a truly talented writer. - Goodreads
There wasn't a thrilling rush through plot points. - Goodreads
I really enjoyed Gaiman's pacing. - Goodreads
It's rich and absorbing and so easy to read. - Goodreads

Review: American Gods (American Gods #1)

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This novel is epic in scope with a huge cast of characters and a satisfying ending that is worthy of 5 stars. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because, though overall it is a great book, I found it confusing at times (so many gods) and slow in parts (so many dreams). Read full review

Review: American Gods (American Gods #1)

User Review  - Holly - Goodreads

Why did I dislike this book? Direct references (spoilers?) below. 1) Shadow was not a compelling character. And when I read about a single character for 588 pages, he better darn well be interesting ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Neil Gaiman was born in England but now lives in Minnesota, in a big house of uncertain location. He is the author of the multi-million-selling graphic novel sequence The Sandman as well as numerous other award-winning and critically lauded books.

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