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American Gods/Anansi Boys (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

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    I've heard tons of great stuff about Neil Gaiman, though I was a

    I've heard tons of great stuff about Neil Gaiman, though I was a little skeptic, as I'm not really used to modern literature (and especially not sci-fi). But I loved it! He has a refreshing ''uncensored'' style of writing, and I enjoyed it very much.

    American Gods
    I was surprised when the book was about a man that had just been released out of prison, but I guess that's just how things are. He lost his wife and pal (who also was his employer), so he had nothing. But then this mysterious guy called Wednesday who knows who he is offers him a job, and after a while he accepts. They travel around to lots of places, and it really is a wild ride. The little stories about ''Coming To America'' are quite entertaining breaks in the story. There were a lot of Norse gods and Pagan gods as well, which I as a Norwegian and a Wiccan found very fun and interesting.

    Anansi Boys
    This one is about a man named Charlie, a Florida man now living in England with his fiancee, Rosie. While planning for their wedding, and Charlie not wanting to contact his father who embarrassed him a lot as a child, Rosie convinces him to do so, but then he finds out his father is dead, and travels to Florida for the funeral. He learns that he has a brother, and is told to ''talk to a spider'', and when Rosie finds one in the bath tub, he does as he lets it out. Suddenly his brother named Spider turns up, and turns his life upside-down, even stealing Charlie's fiancee and sleeping with her, even though she was saving herself for marriage, and this obviously angers Charlie - He goes back to Florida and seeks advice from the old lady next door to get rid of him. Lots of weird things happen after that, but it all is strands of a large web. And by the way, no one told the arachnophobe that I am that Anansi means ''spider'' - But I luckily didn't freak out since there were no pictures (I thought the one on the cover was a scarab or something, hahah). Oh and Charlie and Spider's father, Mr. Nancy, or Anansi, is in American Gods as well! So these two are connected, but not quite.

    I really liked the books, and would recommend them to people (young adults and up) who like modern sci-fi and who doesn't cry when people loose their loved ones, hahah - Cause you're not really supposed to here. But I guess they did have a happy ending, especially Anansi Boys, I quite enjoyed the ending of that. It left me with a good feeling, so I could let the book go - Especially since I stayed up until 2 AM to finish it and write this review while everything was still fresh.

    This version is a good value at only $ 18 for the two books, plus a great, green leatherbound hardback with pages dipped in silver, and a nice fancy decorated cover. Great to have in your bookshelf! Even me who doesn't really like this genre doesn't regret getting it at all!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    Gaiman at his best. These two novels are page-turners. Amazing

    Gaiman at his best. These two novels are page-turners. Amazing stories that will keep you burning through then until the very end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Beautiful book; amazing novel

    Not only is this a gorgeous book, but it's an awesome novel. I've always loved Neil Gaiman but this is the first time I e read American Gods. I cannot believe I've lives my whole life without reading it. It is a MUST read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    must read

    could not put this book down

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