American Gods

American Gods

Book - 2011
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Just released from prison, Shadow encounters Mr. Wednesday, an enigmatic stranger who seems to know a lot about him, and when Mr. Wednesday offers him a job as his bodyguard, Shadow accepts and is plunged into a dark and perilous world.


“Mystery, satire, sex, horror, poetic prose….If you have enjoyed John Crowley’s Little, Big or Stephen King’s The Stand or the urbane horror fiction of Jonathan Carroll…then American Gods arrives just in time.”
Washington Post

“Dark fun, and nourishing to the soul.”
—Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

It has been a decade since #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book) rocked the literary world with American Gods—his breathtaking tale of the war on Earth between old gods and new. For those who have yet to experience Gaiman’s bestselling tour de force—a novel USA Today called “a powerful, searing force that makes readers confront what is real and what is not”—and for those eager to enter this astonishing world again, comes the Author’s Preferred Text 10th Anniversary Edition. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Bram Stoker Awards, with a special introduction by the author, this is American Gods as Neil Gaiman always meant it to be.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2011
Edition: 10th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780062059888
Branch Call Number: Fiction Gai
Characteristics: xiv, 541 p. ; 24 cm


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May 05, 2018

I read this for the "A Book about travel" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I loved it, like I love all of his books. I enjoyed the road trip through the US and the idea that landmarks are places of worship. I also liked the variety of different gods.

Apr 10, 2018

A strange original. I had never read anything like this before. Capable to giving chills and the creeps without violent action.

Mar 27, 2018

Wow - and to think, I put off reading this one because I did not think I would like it. Neil Gaiman never fails to write an amazing, unique story that you can't help but finish. Sure, this one was pretty long and could be seen as slightly dry at some parts. All the while, every little piece of the story comes together to mean something. I am so glad I stuck with this book, I feel a great sense of satisfaction in finishing it :-)

Feb 06, 2018

This is in my top five favorite books. I wish I could re-read it over again for the first time. I have had a soft spot for mythology and folk tales for many years and this book has both.

ArapahoeJulia Jan 17, 2018

I loved listening to this audiobook, read by Neil Gaiman himself. I HIGHLY recommend giving it a listen!

Jan 08, 2018

When I started it I found it very interesting and then not too far in I started getting bored but I wanted to see what happened so I continued to read it and then was finding myself just wanting to get it over with and started speed reading/skimming so by the time I got to page 374 I just felt I gave up.

Dec 30, 2017

Loved the book, was very excited to hear Starz was bringing it to t.v. Just finished first season, looking forward to season 2. Neither the book nor the series is everyone's cup of tea, but Neil Gaiman is not for the faint of heart.

Nov 16, 2017

This book awesome, it started really interested. In the middle it got pretty dry, but the ending was very action pack. I’m excited to watch the series when the Library gets it.

jasoneshoup Nov 14, 2017

Having just watched season 1 of the tv series, I wanted to re-visit this great book that I read years ago. It still holds up as a fantastic example of Gaiman's work, and as a fantastic piece of uniquely-American folklore.

SPL_Liz Nov 01, 2017

I enjoyed the book. It meandered a bit but given that most of the story took place on the road, it fit well. There were many colourful and unique characters and the reader was left to interpret them by their actions rather than their thoughts. The plot had many jogs, turns, and spins and Gaiman's storytelling was very compelling. I found myself trying to anticipate where the story was going. I was sometimes satisfied by my correct guesses and sometimes by the unanticipated direction the story took. I enjoyed feeling sympathetic towards flawed characters made more interesting by their bizarre circumstances. Recommended for those who like magic realism, mythology, semiotics, and the dark and strange.

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vv1 Mar 12, 2015

Sexual Content: Contains some sexual content

vv1 Mar 12, 2015

Coarse Language: There is swearing, but it did not feel excessive.

vv1 Mar 12, 2015

Violence: Has some scenes depicting violence or the aftermath of violence.

hDlVivace Jun 18, 2012

Coarse Language: Used in conjunction with the sexual content at times. Other times swearing is prevalent with R-rated language. But language is carefully controlled to an extent and not used unneedlessly.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Apr 18, 2017

“Hey," said Shadow. "Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are."
The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.
"Say 'Nevermore,'" said Shadow.
"Fuck you," said the raven.”

Jun 24, 2014

The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.

Oct 08, 2011

What should I believe? thought Shadow, and the voice came back to him from somewhere deep beneath the world, in a bass rumble: Believe everything.


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Jul 01, 2015

Possibly one of the greatest pieces of modern Literature by a writer who is surely one of he greatest literary treasures of our time. Gaiman weaves a complex and epic tale of Old World deities surviving adapting and warring in the New World, bereft of the believers that brought them there.

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