By Neil Gaiman

ISBN-10: 0062109596

ISBN-13: 9780062109590

First released in 2001, American Gods grew to become an rapid classic-an highbrow and inventive benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of cutting edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now become aware of the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary version. Newly up to date and increased with the author's hottest textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real party of a contemporary masterpiece through the single, the single, Neil Gaiman.

A hurricane is coming . . .

Locked in the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly looking ahead to the magic day whilst he might go back to Eagle aspect, Indiana. a guy not afraid of what the next day may perhaps deliver, all he sought after was once to be with Laura, the spouse he deeply enjoyed, and begin a brand new life.

But simply days sooner than his unlock, Laura and Shadow's ally are killed in an twist of fate. together with his existence in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a task from a beguiling stranger he meets at the means domestic, an enigmatic guy who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday turns out to understand extra approximately Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday's bodyguard, motive force, and errand boy is way extra fascinating and hazardous than Shadow ever imagined-it is a role that takes him on a dismal and weird street journey and introduces him to a bunch of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined along with his personal. alongside the way in which Shadow will study that the earlier by no means dies; that everybody, together with his liked Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that desires, totems, legends, and myths are extra actual than we all know. finally, he'll detect that underneath the placid floor of daily life a typhoon is brewing-an epic struggle for the very soul of America-and that he's status squarely in its path.

Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its fantastic synthesis of "mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose" (Michael Dirda, Washington submit e-book World) and as a latest phantasmagoria that "distills the essence of America" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it's, readily, a very good paintings of literary mind's eye that may suffer for generations.

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Argus (2), son of Phrixus, built the vessel, with the help of the goddess Athene. Within the ship was a beam cut from the divine tree at Dodona (an oak or a beech), a shrine to the god Zeus and the Dodona Oracle. It was said that the beam could help foretell the future. Argonautica Greek A major epic poem by Apollonius Rhodius (Apollonius of Rhodes) a Greek scholar at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Argonautica tells in four books the story of Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece, the treachery of Medea, who possessed the fleece, and the journey of the Argonauts to return home.

Athene and Poseidon In this myth, Athene challenges the sea god Poseidon over who should reign over Athens. Zeus judged Athene the winner because she bestowed upon Athens the olive tree, while Poseidon produced only a salty stream. The rivalry for the possession of Athens may have been a folk memory of the collision between new people (migrants) with their new gods, and the ancient people (symbolized by Athene, Earth goddess). The triumph of the ancient Earth Mother figure over the male god Poseidon shows that the myth goes back to archaic times, long before the Hellenes (Greeks) and other migrants arrived on the peninsula (the Peloponnesus), bringing with them a belief in dominant male gods.

All of the different stories seem to indicate that part of the original story of Ariadne was lost. In any case, it is said that Zeus gave her a crown and set her among the stars. Arion Greek The swiftest of all horses, possibly winged. He was born from the union between Demeter (who changed herself into a mare) and the sea god Poseidon, who changed himself into a stallion. Arion belonged first to the hero Heracles, and then to Adrastus, king of Argos. In the war called the seven against Thebes, Adrastus was the only one to survive, thanks to the wonders of Arion.

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