American Gods (The Tenth Anniversary Edition) - Enhanced Edition [NOOK Book]

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The enhanced edition includes the author reading the Introduction, Note on Text, Interview with Jesus and How Dare You and excerpts from the multi-voice audiobook recording. There are a total of 26 audio excerpts.



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 ...

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Overview

The enhanced edition includes the author reading the Introduction, Note on Text, Interview with Jesus and How Dare You and excerpts from the multi-voice audiobook recording. There are a total of 26 audio excerpts.



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, and a wealth of audio, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.



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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062113450
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Enhanced
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 56,304
  • File size: 120 MB
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Meet the Author

Neil Gaiman
Novelist Neil Gaiman has sent a British businessman tumbling into a fantastic underworld and had a devil and angel comically conspiring to thwart the Apocalypse. He found his biggest success, though, in Death, Dreams and Destruction -- and the four other similarly named siblings who controlled the reins of the human race's emotional impulses in his graphic-novel series The Sandman, a wholesale rejuvenation of graphic fiction that had everyone from Tori Amos to Norman Mailer spinning with, yes, Delirium.

Biography

Neil Gaiman thought he wrote comic books. But a newspaper editor, of course, set him straight.

Back when he was riding the diabolical headwinds of his popular series of graphic novels, The Sandman, the author attended a party where he introduced himself as a comic-book writer to a newspaper's literary editor. But when the editor quickly realized who this actually was -- and the glaze melted from his eyes -- he offered Gaiman a correction tinged with astonishment: "My God, man, you don't write comics, you write graphic novels." Relating the story to theLos Angeles Times in 1995, Gaiman said, "I suddenly felt like someone who had been informed that she wasn't a hooker, that in fact she was a lady of the evening."

Gaiman's done much more, of course, than simply write graphic novels, having coauthored, with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, a comic novel about the Apocalypse; adapted into hardcover the BBC miniseries Neverwhere about the dark underworld beneath the streets of London; and, inspired by his young daughter, put a horrifying spin on C.S. Lewis' wardrobe doors for Coraline, a children's book about a passageway into a magical, yet malevolent, land.

But it is The Sandman that is Gaiman's magnum opus.

Though he had told a career counselor in high school that he wanted to pen comic books, he had a career as a freelance journalist before his first graphic novel, Violent Cases, was published in England in 1987. DC Comics discovered him and The Sandman was born. Or reborn, actually. The comic debuted back in 1939 with a regular-Joe crime fighter in the lead. But in Gaiman's hands the tale had a more otherworldly spin, slowing introducing readers to the seven siblings Endless: Dream, Death, Desire, Destiny, Destruction, Despair and Delirium (once Delight). They all have their roles in shaping the fates of man. In fact, when Death was imprisoned for decades, the results were devastating. Richard Nixon reached The White House and Michael Jackson the Billboard charts.

Direction from newspaper editors notwithstanding, to Gaiman, these stories are still comic books. The man who shuttled back and forth between comics and classics in his formative years and can pepper his writing with references to Norse mythology as well as the vaudevillian rock group Queen, never cottoned to such highbrow/lowbrow distinctions. Comparing notes on a yachting excursion with members of the Irish rock band U2, the writer who looks like a rock star and Delirium and the rock stars who gave themselves comic-worthy names such as Bono and The Edge came to a realization: Whether the medium is pop music or comic books, not being taken seriously can be a plus. "It's safer to be in the gutter," he told The Washington Post in 1995.

In 1995, Gaiman brought The Sandman to a close and began spending more time on his nongraphic fiction, including a couple of short-story collections. A few years later he released Stardust, an adult fairy tale that has young Tristan Thorn searching for a fallen star to woo the lovely but cold Victoria Forester. In 2001, he placed an ex-con named Shadow in the middle of a war between the ancient and modern dieties in American Gods. Coming in October 2002 is another departure: an audio recording of Two Plays for Voices, which stars Bebe Neuwirth as a wise queen doing battle with a bloodthirsty child and Brian Dennehy as the Angel of Vengeance investigating the first crime in history in heaven's City of Angels.

Gaiman need not worry about defining his artistic relevance, since so many other seem to do it for him. Stephen King, Roger Zelazny and Harlan Ellison are among those who have contributed introductions to his works. William Gibson, the man who coined the term "cyberspace," called him a "a writer of rare perception and endless imagination" as well as "an American treasure." (Even though he's, technically, a British treasure transplanted to the American Midwest.) Even Norman Mailer has weighed in: "Along with all else, Sandman is a comic strip for intellectuals, and I say it's about time."

The gushiest praise, however, may come from Frank McConnell, who barely contained himself in the pages of the political and artistic journal Commonweal. Saying Gaiman "may just be the most gifted and important storyteller in English," McConnell crowned Sandman as the most important act of fiction of the day. "And that, not just because of the brilliance and intricacy of its storytelling -- and I know few stories, outside the best of Joyce, Faulkner, and Pynchon, that are more intricate," he wrote in October 1995, " but also because it tells its wonderful and humanizing tale in a medium, comic books, still largely considered demimonde by the tenured zombies of the academic establishment."

"If Sandman is a 'comic,'" he concluded, "then The Magic Flute is a 'musical' and A Midsummer Night's Dream is a skit. Read the damn thing: it's important."

Good To Know

Some fascinating factoids from our interview with Gaiman:

"One of the most enjoyable bits of writing Sandman was getting authors whose work I love to write the introductions for the collected graphic novels -- people like Steve Erickson, Gene Wolfe, Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Mikal Gilmore, and Samuel R. Delany."

"I have a big old Addams Family house, with -- in the summertime -- a vegetable garden, and I love growing exotic pumpkins. As a boy in England I used to dream about Ray Bradbury Hallowe'ens, and am thrilled that I get them these days. Unless I'm on the road signing people's books, of course."

"According to my daughters, my most irritating habit is asking for cups of tea."

"I love radio -- and love the availability of things like the Jack Benny radio shows in MP3 format. I'm addicted to BBC radio 7, and keep buying boxed CD sets of old UK radio programs, things like Round the Horne and Hancock's Half Hour. Every now and again I'll write a radio play."

"I love thunderstorms, old houses, and dreams."

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    1. Hometown:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 10, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portchester, England
    1. Education:
      Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    One of my favorite books of all time!

    Neil Gaiman is exceptionally skilled at blending simple and elegant prose into a narrative which steals your inner cynic and makes his imaginative and masterfully created worlds come to life. This work is by far one of his best and a wonderful introduction to Neil Gaiman's repertoire for new and seasoned fantasy readers alike.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Inspiring!

    Thought- provoking and fun! This was the first book by Neil Gaiman I have read and I really enjoyed it! Makes you think about the symbols and stories that are powerful aspects of our daily lives.... and what would they be like if these symbols and stories were embodied with personalities? Very creative!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    AMAZING

    This is by far one of my favorite books ever. So glad a co-worker recommended it to me after having a deep conversation of Amanda Palmer and their relationship. Shadow is an amazing protagonist and this is without a doubt going to be a timeless classic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    A fun fantasy

    A fun fantasy, but by no stretch of anyone's imagination (except maybe Gaiman's friends eager to pile awards on him) science fiction. The premise is silly and been done before, but who cares? Gaiman delivers an engaging tale. Wonderful feel.

    Liked the cons. Explained enough that the watchful reader could spot the big con coming at the climax. On the other hand, too much explanation of the coin tricks., Yes, Gaiman needed to know exactly how to do them, but he needn't have burdened the reader with so much detail. Broke the flow of the story.

    Great protagonist, gradually revealed. Was disappointed who his father was revealed to be. Yeah, it made sense in the context, but it was like learning only folks with high midi-chlorians counts can be Jedi. Liked Shadow better as "everyman" (we knew he wasn't a muggle) rather than the son of [but that would be telling!].

    Gaiman asks himself, how dare he (a Brit) write such a book about American. Why not? America as a concept belongs to the world. Besides, as de Tocqueville demonstrated almost two hundred years ago, non-natives sometimes understand what makes Americans tick better than natives.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Really well done

    One of my favorite novels, really well written. I unintentionally fell in love with Shadow and couldnt put this book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    After all the hype, I truly looked forward to reading this book.

    After all the hype, I truly looked forward to reading this book. The premise was intriguing; the plot slowly moved along and took some interesting and unpredictable turns. However, despite many patches of lyrical and excellent writing, but unfortunately by no means descriptive of the entire book, I finally finished the book with a deep and disappointing sense of having been "underwhelmed". The playing out of the denouement was, frankly, just plain awful; there had been so much anticipation of "the storm", the clash, the confrontation and in the end I felt deflated, unsatisfied and then finally annoyed. It had so, so much potential, there were promising moments and then the promises did not live up to expectation. Very sad.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Huge fan, definitely a great read!

    Definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes to look at the world a bit differently. The history in the book is great and very well researched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Great

    Would have given it more but Neil left me hanging on some things. Whose voice is reading the audio excerpts?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2013

    need to be a certain type of reader

    I have read many unique reads that does not go with mainstream Americana. I did enjoy reading this, but I cannot recommend it to everyone. It was a wild read and very imaginative. If u like scifi with lots of twists such as reading Heinlein, then go for it.

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