The old gods, brought to America by waves of immigrants, rally to battle for their lives against the new gods of media and internet, strip mall and TV. Shadow, an ordinary man, is swept into a world where a coin can be the moon, where the boundaries between life and death, real and unreal no longer have meaning, where gods may break their promises but mortals cannot. Great fun, twisty and intelligent.— Reva
Destined to be a treasure for the millions of fans who made American Gods an internationally bestselling phenomenon, this beautifully designed and illustrated collectible edition of Neil Gaiman’s revered masterpiece features enlightening and incisive notes throughout by award-winning annotator and editor Leslie S. Klinger.
A perennial favorite of readers worldwide, American Gods tells the story of ex-con Shadow Moon, who emerges from prison and is recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday. So begins a dark and strange road trip full of fantastical adventures and a host of eccentric characters. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.
This annotated volume of the Author’s Preferred Text features analysis from Leslie S. Klinger. His trenchant commentary identifies gods and supernatural beings, elucidates key phrases, and shows how Gaiman built his award-winning novel, giving readers unparalleled insight into the story and into Gaiman’s creative process and authorial decisions. Carefully chosen illustrations complement and illuminate the narrative.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
“Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive.”
— George R. R. Martin
American Gods is sexy, thrilling, dark, funny and poetic."
— Teller, of Penn & Teller
"American Gods is like a fast run downhill through a maze -- both exhilarating and twisted."
— Jane Lindskold, author of Changer and