Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How About a Giveaway?

Guess what I've got my hot little hands on?! The anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman's American Gods! I'm keeping it. But, I find myself now in possession of two copies. What a reader's dilemma.

So, if you want a slightly loved copy of Neil Gaiman's Hugo, Stoker, and Nebula (just to name a few) award-winning fantasy novel, leave me a comment here before midnight Tuesday, June 21 (US only, please).

Apparently, American Gods will soon be joining the ranks of HBO series (can't wait!) courtesy of THE Tom Hanks. That is, if this article is to be trusted. And I hope it can.

The tenth anniversary edition of the book is set for release June 21. I am ashamed to say that this is one of the only Neil Gaiman titles I have yet to read. Good Omens would be another (I know, my husband's ready to string me up!). In my defense, I've read most, if not all, of the others! Including the "sequel" to Gods, Anansi Boys.

If you haven't read Gaiman yourself, now would be a good time! Here's some info on the book:

A storm is coming . . .

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

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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