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

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

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by Neil Gaiman
     
 
Neil Gaiman's entertaining blends of light and dark fantasy have earned him legions of readers, and renown as one of the most talented writers working in contemporary fantastic fiction. This volume brings together two of his best-loved novels. American Gods is the story of Shadow, an ex-con and drifter who finds himself a pawn between the gods of antiquity

Overview

Neil Gaiman's entertaining blends of light and dark fantasy have earned him legions of readers, and renown as one of the most talented writers working in contemporary fantastic fiction. This volume brings together two of his best-loved novels. American Gods is the story of Shadow, an ex-con and drifter who finds himself a pawn between the gods of antiquity and avatars of contemporary America's faith in indusry, wealth, and celebrity. Anansi Boys tells of Fat Charlie Nancy and Spider, the children of a modern incarnation of the trickster god, Anansi, and their comic competition as the divinely endowed Spider attempts to one-up Charlie in virtually every aspect of his life. Full of humor and pathos, these two novels represent modern fantasy fiction at its finest.
 
American Gods/Anansi boys is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by tthe world's greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded leather bindings, with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone for every home library.

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This gorgeous leather-bound hardcover edition would be an attractive addition to any fantasy or literature library, but its arrival could not be more timely: This summer we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Neil Gaiman's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods, universally acclaimed as a genre masterpiece. This sturdy, handsome volume also contains Gaiman's Anansi Boys, which features one of the most famous openings in modern fiction: "It begins, as most things begin with a song. In the beginning, after all, were the words, and they came with a tune. That was how the world was made, how the void was divided, how the lands and the stars and the dreams and the little gods and the animals, how all of them came into the world. They were sung."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435132139
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/18/2011
Series:
Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 6.54(h) x 1.62(d)

Meet the Author

Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now calls the United States home. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels—including Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and Coraline—as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals as well as the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:
Portchester, England
Education:
Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
Website:
http://www.neilgaiman.com

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics American Gods/Anansi Boys (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CarolineCarnivorous More than 1 year ago
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!
GeneticBlue More than 1 year ago
Gaiman at his best. These two novels are page-turners. Amazing stories that will keep you burning through then until the very end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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could not put this book down
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