Thursday, August 18, 2011

Books: American Gods: Tenth Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

American Gods attained "all-time favorite" status when I first read it in 2001, and ten years later it has lost none of its charm or sense of awe. It is the story of Shadow, a man recently released from prison after reluctantly participating in a bank robbery gone wrong. While he was serving the end of his sentence, his wife was killed in a car accident. Now adrift and alone, Shadow is approached by the enigmatic man known only as Wednesday, who continualy offers Shadow work as flunky, gofer, driver and all around lackey. After finally taking the job, Shadow enters a world that he scarcely can believe exists, where the old gods from though out history are still alive, working menial jobs like con-men, undertakers and prostitutes, while the new gods, the ones modern Americans worship - dieties like television, the Internet and technology plan a war to kill off the old gods once and for all. Shadow and Wednesday criss-cross the country recruiting friends and enemies alike for the epic war to come, and the skeptic Shadow learns there is much more to the supernatural than meets the eye. The sheer unprecedented uniqueness that made this book such a thrill to read ten years ago is maintained and even added too with extra material that was left on the cutting room floor during the original editing process. Gaiman truly let his imagination run wild, with an Englishman's sense of wonder at America's vastness and strangeness, and the fertile prowess go his own storytelling ability, he crafter a true masterpiece that only gets better with age. American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition - amazon.com


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