American Gods

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Headline Book Publishing, 2001 - Bodyguards - 504 pages
547 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
And it's such a pathetic plot device. - Goodreads
That for me is great writing. - Goodreads
Only two quibbles: first, again with the sex scenes. - Goodreads
I really enjoyed Gaiman's pacing. - Goodreads
It's prose to emulate, that's for sure. - Goodreads

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User Review  - pennylane78 - LibraryThing

Neil Gaiman is one of the best storytellers of our time. If you haven't read one of his books, you should start with Neverwhere, move on to Stardust, quickly devour American Gods and then treat ... Read full review

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User Review  - Angela Blount - Goodreads

In this epic urban fantasy venture, Gaiman weaves a broad and brooding tapestry of many vaguely interconnected tales rooted in mythos from around the world. The primary story we follow is that of ... 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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