Meticulously crafted and brilliantly woven storylines converge in this epic tale of displaced deities, con men, faith, and storytelling. It's a murder mystery, a road narrative, a folk tale. Every sentence is a puzzle piece, and when it all comes together at the end you'll shout, "Ohhhh!" and flip back to page one to read it all again.— Andrea
Neil Gaiman weaves a dark tale of gods who exist among us, strengthened or weakened by our belief in them. Combining mythology, religion, and obsession, American Gods follows Shadow in his employment with Mr. Wednesday, a character who is not as he seems. As Shadow meets the players, we discover a battle brewing amongst the gods of old and new.— Sara
This is one of those books that is hard to remember was totally groundbreaking because it feels so essential it’s hard to imagine the world without it. Gaiman, a Jewish Brit living in Minnesota, took a road trip through America and then wrote this unique exploration of plurality, religion, identity, and home. An amazing, engrossing epic adventure.— Jocelyn
Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident.
Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible.
He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever he the same...
American Gods is sexy, thrilling, dark, funny and poetic."
-Teller, of Penn & Teller
“Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive; a picaresque journey across America where the travelers are even stranger than the roadside attractions.”
-George R. R. Martin
"American Gods is like a fast run downhill through a maze -- both exhilarating and twisted."
-Jane Lindskold, author of Changer and
“Gaiman understands the shape of stories.”
-Patrick Rothfuss, www.tor.com