American Gods, Neil Gaiman
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American Gods

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.
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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💀Spooky
💡Learnt A Lot
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Отличная книга. Много мудрых историй, дорожных путешествий, жутких штук, но в целом книга добрая и точно стоит прочтения :)

Лучшая "большая" книга в моей жизни.

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💀Spooky
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Mary G.
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The premise of the book is well known and not entirely original, but it doesn't really matter, what matters is how it is written.
It is great. Gaiman is the master of words, so expect some light wordplay and picturesque metaphors.
What I really like is the way hints to puzzles are spread throughout the story: you get minor hints first, followed by major ones and then, if you did not figure it out, you get your answer, if you did — confirmation that you are right indeed.
There are no difficult puzzles though, nothing like detective stories and the main twist is obvious to anyone who knows something of Norse mythology. It is enjoyable nevertheless. There is an awful lot of these puzzles, so you are bound to miss some, and if you did not — you get the satisfaction of being smart and attentive.
The other thing that is worth mentioning is little tidbits of philosophy in the book — again, nothing too serious, but woven in the story it tells.
And then even though the premise of the story is simple the story itself is not and just following it is pleasant enough experience.

All in all, the book is great and I recommend it to anyone old enough to deal with graphic sex and violence scenes.
There is a point about halfway through the story when it becomes a bit hard to read or possibly even dull, but it's over quick and the second half keeps a reader glued to the book till the end.

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Одна из лучших книг начала 21 века. Один из самых глубоких авторов.
Обязательно к прочтению.

🎯Worthwhile

Very interesting read!

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Прекрасное чтиво.

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Every hour wounds. The last one kills.
The feeling that he’d plunged as low as he could plunge and he’d hit bottom. He didn’t worry that the man was going to get him, because the man had got him. He was no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, because yesterday had brought it.
Chicago happened slowly, like a migraine.
was driving to Minnesota in a sports car to talk to them. He had traded your ’Bago for a yellow Miata.
Laura made a great chili
He would pick up his wife in his arms (“Puppy,” she would squeal in mock horror and real delight, “what are you doing?”). He would carry her into the bedroom, and close the door. They’d call out for pizzas if they got hungry.
good meeting you
"Hey," said Shadow. "Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are."
The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.
"Say 'Nevermore,'" said Shadow.
"Fuck you," said the raven.
The man who had ordered Southern Comfort and Coke sat down beside Shadow. He had a short ginger-colored beard. He wore a denim jacket covered with bright sew-on patches, and under the jacket a stained white T-shirt. On the T-shirt was printed:
IF YOU CAN’T EAT IT, DRINK IT, SMOKE IT OR SNORT IT…THEN F*CK IT!
her family had lived from time out of mind.
The boundaries of our country, sir? Why sir, onto the north we are bounded by the Aurora Borealis, on the east we are bounded by the rising sun, on the south we are bounded by the procession of the Equinoxes, and on the west by the Day of Judgement.
Because I'm a damsel in distress," she said. "And you are a knight in whatever.
One question that has always intrigued me is what happens to demonic beings when immigrants move from their homelands. Irish-Americans remember the fairies, Norwegian-Americans the nisser, Greek-Americans the vrykolakas, but only in relation to the events remembered in the old country. When once I asked why such demons are not seen in America, my informants giggled confusedly and said “They’re scared to pass the ocean, it’s too far,” pointing out that Christ and the apostles never came to America.
—Richard Dorson, “A Theory for American Folklore,” American Folklore and the Historian (University of Chicago Press, 1971)
“Call no man happy,” said Shadow, “until he is dead.”
“Herodotus,” said Low Key. “Hey. You’re learning.”
“Who the fuck’s Herodotus?” asked the Iceman, slotting together the sides of a bird feeder and passing it to Shadow, who bolted and screwed it tight.
“Dead Greek,” said Shadow.
plunge
“Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.”
“this too shall pass
“I told you. I’m a leprechaun. We don’t come from fucken Moscow.”
I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.
Every hour wounds. The last one kills

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