By Neil Gaiman
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First released in 2001, American Gods grew to become an fast classic—an highbrow and inventive benchmark from the multiple-award-winning grasp of cutting edge fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now observe the secret and magic of American Gods during this 10th anniversary version. Newly up to date and elevated with the author’s most well-liked textual content, this commemorative quantity is a real party of a contemporary masterpiece through the only, the one, Neil Gaiman.
A typhoon is coming . . .
Locked in the back of bars for 3 years, Shadow did his time, quietly awaiting the magic day while he may go back to Eagle aspect, Indiana. a guy not terrified of what the next day to come may convey, all he sought after used to be to be with Laura, the spouse he deeply enjoyed, and begin a brand new existence.
yet simply days sooner than his unencumber, Laura and Shadow’s ally are killed in an coincidence. together with his lifestyles in items and not anything to maintain him tethered, Shadow accepts a role 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 grasp extra approximately Shadow than Shadow does himself.
lifestyles as Wednesday’s bodyguard, motive force, and errand boy is much extra attention-grabbing and unsafe than Shadow ever imagined—it is a task that takes him on a depressing and weird highway journey and introduces him to a number of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined along with his personal. alongside the best way Shadow will study that the earlier by no means dies; that everybody, together with his cherished Laura, harbors secrets and techniques; and that goals, totems, legends, and myths are extra genuine than we all know. finally, he'll detect that underneath the placid floor of daily life a hurricane is brewing—an epic warfare for the very soul of America—and that he's status squarely in its course.
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Extra info for American Gods (The 10th Anniversary Edition)
One account described how Atahualpa was presented with the Bible, but could not hear it speak and so threw it on the ground. There soon followed skirmishes in which the Spaniards protected themselves atop a stone pyramid platform on the Inca plaza of Cajamarca. Atahualpa was captured, and the Spaniards demanded a ransom for his release. Popular lore described the Inca, who was much taller than the average European, reaching up and promising to fill a room with gold and silver objects. Atahualpa was never released and was garroted before the ransom was met.
The observation of celestial movements was utilized by Andeans to determine the exact moment to plant and to harvest. Sky watching continues to play a crucial role for the yearly agricultural and ritual calendar and in particular the appearance and disappearance of the six visible stars that make up the Pleiades (see Urton 1981). Inca and local Andean calendars were intimately linked to complex sky lore that was interwoven into myths that at first appear to be of a more terrestrial nature. Scholars have shown that the dynastic myth-histories of the Incas were underpinned by a calendrical and cyclical importance for their informants.
Apparently, Atahualpa was at first unconcerned by these new people with their strange dress, regalia, and unknown animals. In many respects, the meeting of Renaissance European culture and the Andean world was symbolized by this very encounter. A formal requirement (requerimiento) was read to Atahualpa that demanded the Inca now accept the god of Christianity and the authority of the king of Spain. One account described how Atahualpa was presented with the Bible, but could not hear it speak and so threw it on the ground.
American Gods (The 10th Anniversary Edition) by Neil Gaiman