American Gods

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Headline Book Publishing, 2001 - Bodyguards - 504 pages
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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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Great imagery, really good character development. - Goodreads
And it's such a pathetic plot device. - Goodreads
Very interesting premise. - Goodreads
Only two quibbles: first, again with the sex scenes. - Goodreads
That for me is great writing. - Goodreads
I really enjoyed Gaiman's pacing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - morandia - LibraryThing

Interesting. It is a very different book from most of the other Gaiman I have read. I did not like the Jesus chapter in the extended version. I am glad it was left out of the original. I like the idea of bringing our gods with us wherever we move to. Read full review

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User Review  - Martin Adil-Smith - Goodreads

Rarely do I devour a book in such a short space of time. Some themes are recurring in Gaiman's scribblings. Forgotten gods, the ones that were widely revered and now are barely an entry in a dusty ... 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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