By Neil Gaiman
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First released in 2001, American Gods grew to become an speedy vintage, lauded for its impressive synthesis of “mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose” (Washington Post) and as a latest phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of the USA” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it's the tale of Shadow—released from criminal simply days after his spouse and ally are killed in an accident—who will get recruited to be bodyguard, motive force, and errand boy for the enigmatic trickster, Mr. Wednesday. So starts Shadow’s darkish and weird street journey, one who introduces him to a bunch of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined together with his personal. For, underneath the placid floor of lifestyle, a hurricane is brewing—an epic battle for the very soul of America—and Shadow is status squarely in its path.
“Pointed, sometimes comedian, frequently frightening, constantly relocating and provocative….American Gods is strewn with secrets and techniques and magical visions.”—USA Today
“Original, engrossing, and forever inventive.”—George R. R. Martin
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He had grown so speedy. within the spring of his 13th yr the neighborhood children have been selecting on him, goading him into fights they knew they can no longer fail to win and and then Shadow may run, indignant and infrequently weeping, to the lads’ room to scrub the dust or the blood from his face earlier than an individual may see it. Then got here summer time, a protracted, magical 13th summer time, which he spent holding out of how of the larger little ones, swimming within the neighborhood pool, interpreting library books at poolside. at the beginning of the summer season he may perhaps slightly swim. by way of the top of August he was once swimming size after size in a simple move slowly, diving from the excessive board, ripening to a deep brown from the solar and the water. In September, he lower back to college to find that the lads who had made him depressing have been small, smooth issues not in a position to frightening him. the 2 who attempted it have been taught higher manners, demanding and quickly and painfully, and Shadow discovered that he had redefined himself: he may well now not be a quiet child, doing his most sensible to stay unobtrusively in the back of issues. He used to be too huge for that, too noticeable. through the top of the yr he used to be at the swimming workforce and the weight-lifting staff, and the trainer used to be dating him for the triathlon staff. He loved being vast and powerful. It gave him an identification. He’d been a shy, quiet, bookish child, and that were painful; now he used to be an incredible dumb man, and no-one anticipated him with a view to do something greater than circulation a settee into the subsequent room on his personal. no one till Laura, besides. Mr. Ibis had ready dinner: rice and boiled vegetables for himself and Mr. Jacquel. “I am now not a meat eater,” he defined, “While Jacquel will get all of the meat he wishes during his paintings. ” Beside Shadow’s position was once a carton of chook items from KFC and a bottle of beer. there has been extra chook than Shadow may perhaps consume, and he shared the leftovers with the cat, removal the outside and crusty coating, then shredding the beef for her along with his arms. “There used to be a man in legal named Jackson,” acknowledged Shadow, as he ate, “worked within the legal library. He informed me that they replaced the identify from Kentucky Fried chook to KFC simply because they don’t serve actual bird anymore. It’s turn into this genetically transformed mutant factor, like an incredible centipede with out head, simply phase after section of legs and breasts and wings. It’s fed via nutrient tubes. This man acknowledged the govt. wouldn’t allow them to use the be aware chook. ” Mr. Ibis raised his eyebrows. “You imagine that’s actual? ” “Nope. Now, my outdated cellmate, Low Key, he acknowledged they replaced the identify as the note ‘fried’ had turn into a foul note. perhaps they sought after humans to imagine that the bird cooked itself. ” After dinner Jacquel excused himself and went all the way down to the mortuary. Ibis went to his research to write down. Shadow sat within the kitchen for a bit longer, feeding fragments of poultry breast to the little brown cat, sipping his beer. whilst the beer and the poultry have been long past, he washed up the plates and cutlery, positioned them at the rack to dry, and went upstairs. by the point he reached the bed room the little brown cat used to be extra asleep on the backside of the mattress, curled right into a fur crescent.