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 industry, 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 the 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 indispensable cornerstone for every home library.
About 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.See our definitive ranking of Neil Gaiman's best fiction books on the B&N Reads blog.
Date of Birth:November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:Portchester, England
Education:Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's a fairly nice looking book, though far from the nicest book in the Barnes and Noble Collectible Editions series. The back cover, which isn't pictured on the website for some reason, consists of a spider hanging from the Eye of Horus (the same two symbols seen on the front and spine) within a silver disk with silver and blue lines emanating from it. Along the edge of the cover are the same wiring-type lines you can see behind the word "Gods" on the front cover. The cover is completely absent of the stickers that you see on some books in this series, such as the green planet on Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the raven on the Edgar Allan Poe omnibus. My main issue is that it is not the author-preferred 10th anniversary version of the text, something I tried and failed to discover before purchasing the book. Make of that what you will. If I want to be nitpicky, I'm also slightly disappointed that the cover design doesn't have much in the way of reference to Norse mythology, preferring instead Egyptian, despite the fact that Odin plays a more integral part to the overall story. Overall, not a bad volume, but it could be better. I'd probably rate it more like 3.5/5.