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Neil Gaiman is a VERY popular author. He tends to mix in real life type things with a hint of the mysterious/otherworld. I couldn’t get into the one book I tried, which is unusual because it was about ghosts. Because he is so popular, his books are generally very expensive. Today, one of his most popular, American Gods is 2.99.

A storm is coming . . .

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.

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Posted: September 19, 2012
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10 Comments

  1. Great price! I love this book. Are you going to give this one a try?

    Comment by kindle-aholic — September 19, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

  2. Hmm. I had pretty much decided that Gaiman was not for me. But the price is a lot more enticing than usual. His books are not cheap!

    Comment by Maria — September 19, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  3. I think you might like Coraline. It is weird, but in a fun kind of way. A semi-creepy tale to read for Halloween!

    Comment by April V. — September 19, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  4. Kind of an ugly cover. I can see where it would be a Halloween book!

    Comment by Maria — September 19, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

  5. Curious now – which of his did you try that you couldn’t get into? AG is probably my favourite of his, but I had been thoroughly prepped by the Sandman comics – they are beyond brilliant…

    Comment by Northern Lights — September 20, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  6. The first thing of his I ever tried was a short story published by Heliotrope (I think the story is still online). It was just plain AWFUL. I couldn’t even finish it and my eyeballs still hurt from the effort. I then checked out something about Graveyards from the library. I read a couple of chapters and it was actually okay, but none of the characters grabbed me. It was paced rather slow and I couldn’t get into it.

    Comment by Maria — September 20, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  7. Ah, yes, the Graveyard Book. Not a perticular fan of that one, it is more YA and not my kind of YA. American Gods and ANansi Boys, though – and of course the Sandman graphic novels – may have to re-read those soon. DId I not get American Gods last time it was cheapish? Hm…

    Comment by Northern Lights — September 21, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

  8. I didn’t know it was on sale before. But hey, it’s on sale now. Don’t want anyone to miss out. That’s good to know that you didn’t like the Graveyard one but liked the others. I just thought it very slow and… yeah, YA. I like YA, but it didn’t grab me! Dang us picky readers.

    Comment by Maria — September 21, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

  9. It was on sale before – I grabbed it then. Its tricky cause there are 2 Kindle versions but only one is on sale.

    Comment by kindle-aholic — September 21, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

  10. I noticed the two versions and made sure to link to the sale one. Of course, it will eventually go off sale and add to the confusion…

    Comment by Maria — September 21, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

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