American Gods

Paperback, 592 pages

English language

Published Sept. 11, 2009 by HarperPerennial.

ISBN:
9780060558123
OCLC Number:
52429669

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4 stars (127 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

77 editions

Review of 'American Gods (American Gods, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I made a mistake with this book, I saw it was being made into a TV series and thought I'd read the book before the show airs, my mistake was reading this so soon after reading [b:Neverwhere|14497|Neverwhere|Neil Gaiman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348747943s/14497.jpg|16534]. Neverwhere was stunning and American Gods comes across as a weak rambling sort of story. This book is Neil Gaiman's "on the road" book, it was an interesting writing style, driving and describing all the places on the route, unfortunately there were some bits that bugged me.

At the end of some of the chapters there were extra stories about some random Gods and how they ended up in America, these bits were so long, almost a book in their own right, they weren't that interesting and by the time I'd made it to the end I had forgotten what had been happening in the main story.

One of the strongest things …

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 …

Review of 'American Gods' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Well, I dunno. This was kind of a mixed bag. Maybe good fiction, like life, is a mixed bag?

Was this good fiction?
It won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Bram Stoker Awards. Good credentials all so I figure it must be good fiction but in reading it I was more impressed with the accolades then the substance of the book.

I sort of liked a couple characters. The build-up was a little boring and the resolution of the main conflict was a let down.

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'

5 stars

I read [b:Coraline|17061|Coraline|Neil Gaiman|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327871014s/17061.jpg|2834844], [b:Neverwhere|14497|Neverwhere|Neil Gaiman|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348747943s/14497.jpg|16534], [b:Stardust|16793|Stardust|Neil Gaiman|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328433738s/16793.jpg|3166179], [b:The Graveyard Book|2213661|The Graveyard Book|Neil Gaiman|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1303859949s/2213661.jpg|2219449], [b:The Ocean at the End of the Lane|15783514|The Ocean at the End of the Lane|Neil Gaiman|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1351914778s/15783514.jpg|21500681] and [b:Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch|12067|Good Omens The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch|Terry Pratchett|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1392528568s/12067.jpg|4110990] before [b:American Gods|4407|American Gods (American Gods, #1)|Neil Gaiman|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1258417001s/4407.jpg|1970226] and, definitely, this one is the best. Its similarities with Sandman make this book even better than I expected, full of sophisticated discussions that I missed in his other books. I enjoyed a lot the use of Mythologies, one overlapping the other, showing the complex tapestry that is the human mind.

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

I have only ever read two books by Neil Gaiman(please don’t lynch me) and they have both been religiously themed, i.e., Good Omens and American Gods. I can’t for the life of me think why it’s taken so long to getting around to this one.

In my defence, while this 10th Anniversary Edition is a review copy, I do actually own another battered copy of its first iteration, unread, along with its spin-off sibling Anansi Boys- both languish on the TBR shelf.



The story, for the uninitiated…

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, …

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.

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Subjects

  • National characteristics, American -- Fiction.
  • Spiritual warfare -- Fiction.
  • Ex-convicts -- Fiction.
  • Bodyguards -- Fiction.
  • Widowers -- Fiction.