American Gods

Front Cover
Headline Book Publishing, 2001 - Bodyguards - 504 pages
1330 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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
685
4 stars
359
3 stars
170
2 stars
78
1 star
28

Great imagery, really good character development. - Goodreads
The plot: Odin is revealed to be a bad guy in the end. - Goodreads
Slow but amazing ending! - weRead
Not bad. Very interesting premise and well written. - weRead
It also had dull writing. - weRead
Well-crafted storytelling. - weRead

Review: American Gods (American Gods #1)

User Review  - Richard - Goodreads

What an interesting read! I really enjoyed Gaiman's pacing. It felt very...matter-of-fact. There wasn't a thrilling rush through plot points. There weren't very many long, unnecessarily detailed ... Read full review

Review: American Gods (American Gods #1)

User Review  - Geoff Hill - Goodreads

It is called "poetic prose", and the first thing that comes to mind is eloquent use of language, reminiscent of a poem. And whilst their is plenty of beautiful writing here, to me it is like a giant ... Read full review

All 1330 reviews »

Related books

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.

Bibliographic information