American Gods

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Headline Book Publishing, 2001 - Bodyguards - 504 pages
490 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
That for me is great writing. - Goodreads
Only two quibbles: first, again with the sex scenes. - Goodreads
It's prose to emulate, that's for sure. - Goodreads
And in the meantime, it told a damn good yarn. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Illise_Montoya - LibraryThing

The star rating really ought to be a 1 1/2 or something, because there were some characters and some parts that I really did enjoy, but those were islands of delight in a vast sea of disappointment. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - trishaj - LibraryThing

This was, quite possilby, the weirdest book I've ever read. I think it was actually a religious sermon hidden in a fiction novel. Would I recommend it? Sure, why not, but I have no idea who I'd recommend it to. It was just that weird. 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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