American Gods

Paperback, 592 pages

English language

Published Sept. 11, 2009 by HarperPerennial.

ISBN:
9780060558123
OCLC Number:
52429669

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4 stars (75 reviews)

Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming -- a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path.

One of the most talked-about books of the new millennium, American Gods is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an American landscape at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. It is, quite simply, a contemporary masterpiece. --back cover

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Review of 'American Gods (en español): American Gods (Brainstorming)' on 'Storygraph'

2 stars

This book was a kind of a disappointment to me, meaning, it was not as good as I thought it was. For many years I've heard wonders about this book and how it was amazing. It was on my "to-read" for at least a couple of years and I purchased because of a Kindle deal, and last month I decided to give it a try. Well, I think the book starts pretty well, telling us about the situation of Shadow, his time in jail and how he is mysteriously released from prison one day earlier than expected. I enjoyed that first part of the book up until how Shadow met Wednesday. Then, many parallel stories start to come up in the middle of the narrative, Shadow's errands becomes uninteresting, and for me the road trip became quite boring from the middle of the book forward.There are many references of American …

Review of 'American Gods (en español): American Gods (Brainstorming)' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Había leído otros dos libros de Gaiman, Coraline y Neverwhere, que me han gustado bastante más que este "American Gods". Cerca de mil doscientas páginas de las que me han sobrado muchas. Empecé a leerlo por el reto de una web y porque lo tenía en pendientes. Y aunque la historia y su trasfondo sean interesantes, me han sobrado dioses por un tubo.



La novela comienza cuando a Sombra le queda muy poco tiempo para salir de la cárcel, donde ha pasado tres años, y reencontrarse con Laura, su mujer, la mujer de su vida, que le espera. Con tan mala pata, que a falta de una semana, Laura muere en un accidente de tráfico. En la cárcel tienen el detalle de adelantarle la salida para que pueda acudir al funeral. En el viaje de vuelta, Sombra coincide con un hombre, Wednesday, bastante extraño, que le ofrece un trabajo que …

Review of 'American Gods' on 'LibraryThing'

4 stars

Hugely entertaining book, full of weirdness and references - not only the gods themselves but I could see enough subtle little literary allusions to realise there must be many more there. Also some that I suspect may just be looking too hard, but oh well - they didn't detract anything from the book....



I love the broad ambition of this story, the multiple levels it runs on, and the ease with which Gaiman can switch between those levels. It suffers a little from trying to pack too much in. By the end I was a bit tired of new characters being introduced without development, and wishing a few of the subplots had been explored better. It's both telling and a good move that when Gaiman wrote a ~sequel (Anansi Boys) he picked up one of the second-tier characters from American Gods, fleshed him out beautifully, and told a much more …

Review of 'American Gods' on 'LibraryThing'

4 stars

Hugely entertaining book, full of weirdness and references - not only the gods themselves but I could see enough subtle little literary allusions to realise there must be many more there. Also some that I suspect may just be looking too hard, but oh well - they didn't detract anything from the book....



I love the broad ambition of this story, the multiple levels it runs on, and the ease with which Gaiman can switch between those levels. It suffers a little from trying to pack too much in. By the end I was a bit tired of new characters being introduced without development, and wishing a few of the subplots had been explored better. It's both telling and a good move that when Gaiman wrote a ~sequel (Anansi Boys) he picked up one of the second-tier characters from American Gods, fleshed him out beautifully, and told a much more …

Review of 'American gods' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Reseña completa:http://markapaginas.blogspot.com.es/2014/08/american-gods-neil-gaiman.html



He de decir que el libro me gustó mucho, y lo hice sin saber nada de él. Creo que así he podido disfrutarlo muchísimo. Sobre todo de la primera parte en la que a Sombra vuelve al mundo después de haber pasado una temporada en prisión, y tiene que lidiar no sólo con el estigma de haber estado preso, si no que además tiene que afrontar la vida sin su esposa que recientemente acaba de fallecer. Así que no tiene nada que perder cuando accede trabajar para el "loco" del señor Wednesday.



La verdad que leyendo esta novela sentí, creí por momentos que hubiese cosas que pudieron ser. Es una sensación rara, aunque muy parecida a lo que he sentido con pocas obras. Era como si debajo de todo Gaiman te estuviese susurrando un secreto.

Review of 'American Gods' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was a very interesting concept and a pretty good book. It's not among my favorites, but I can't quite point to anything that was particularly disappointing. Maybe I just felt a bit disconnected with the story having never lived or traveled through middle America.

Overall though, it's a good book and good read.

Review of 'American Gods' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Che dire? Sicuramente appartiene alla serie " I Libri della mia Vita". Un romanzo non perfetto, ma di sicuro indimenticabile che, una volta finito, lascia la triste sensazione di aver perso un amico da cui non ci si sarebbe mai separati.Leggetelo e sono sicuro che Shadow, Mr. Wednesday, Laura, Mr. Nancy, Mr. Jaquel e Mr. Ibis rimarranno nel vostro cuore per sempre.

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Subjects

  • National characteristics, American -- Fiction.
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