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The Best Books To Read For Fans Of American Gods

April 17, 2017

“What are the best books for Fans of American Gods (Book and TV Show)?” We looked at 155 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 19 books for fans of both the Starz television show and the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel American Gods are listed below with images, links, and descriptions. The remaining titles, as well as the articles we used when aggregating, are listed below alphabetically.

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19 .) John Dies At The End by David Wong


Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • Reddit

“STOP.

You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.

NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late.

They’re watching you.

My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.

You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye.

The only defense is knowledge. You need to read John Dies at the End, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.”

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18 .) King Rat by China Miéville


Lists It Appears On:

  • RPG
  • SFF Chronicles

“omething is stirring in London’s dark, stamping out its territory in brickdust and blood. Something has murdered Saul Garamond’s father, and left Saul to pay for the crime.

But a shadow from the urban waste breaks into Saul’s prison cell and leads him to freedom. A shadow called King Rat, who reveals Saul’s royal heritage, a heritage that opens a new world to Saul, the world below London’s streets–a heritage that also drags Saul into King Rat’s plan for revenge against his ancient enemy,. With drum ‘n’ bass pounding the backstreets, Saul must confront the forces that would use him, the forces that would destroy him, and the forces that shape his own bizarre identity.”

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17 .) Kraken by China Miéville

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Reddit

“With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.

In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux—better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air.

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16 .) Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • Goodreads

“They are the “”Others,”” an ancient race of supernatural beings—magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers—who live among us. Human born, they must choose a side to swear allegiance to—the Dark or the Light—when they come of age.

For a millennium, these opponents have coexisted in an uneasy peace, enforced by defenders like the Night Watch, forces of the Light who guard against the Dark. But prophecy decrees that one supreme “”Other”” will arise to spark a cataclysmic war.

Anton Gorodetsky, an untested mid-level Light magician with the Night Watch, discovers a cursed young woman—an Other of tremendous potential unallied with either side—who can shift the balance of power. With the battle lines between Light and Dark drawn, the magician must move carefully, for one wrong step could mean the beginning of annihilation.”

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15 .) Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • Reddit

“Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda’s request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger.

While Isaac’s experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger—and more consuming—by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon—and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes . . .

A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader’s imagination.”

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14 .) Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • RPG

“Lost in the chill deeps of space between the galaxies, it sails on forever, a flat, circular world carried on the back of a giant turtle—

Discworld

—a land where the unexpected can be expected. Where the strangest things happen to the nicest people. Like Brutha, a simple lad who only wants to tend his melon patch. Until one day he hears the voice of a god calling his name. A small god, to be sure. But bossy as Hell.”

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13 .) Smoke And Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • Project Alexandria

In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion . . . and anything is possible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman’s imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders—where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under “Pest Control,” and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality, obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible, in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.

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12 .) Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson

Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • Quora

“Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age.

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse.”

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11 .) Someplace To Be Flying by Charles De Lint

Lists It Appears On:

  • RPG
  • Goodreads

“Lily is a photojournalist in search of the “”animal people”” who supposedly haunt the city’s darkest slums. Hank is a slumdweller who knows the bad streets all too well. One night, in a brutal incident, their two lives collide–uptown Lily and downtown Hank, each with a quest and a role to play in the secret drama of the city’s oldest inhabitants.

For the animal people walk among us. Native Americans call them the First People, but they have never left, and they claim the city for their own.

Not only have Hank and Lily stumbled onto a secret, they’ve stumbled into a war. And in this battle for the city’s soul, nothing is quite as it appears.”

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10 .) Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • Reddit

Among the wondrous, beautiful, and strange literary offspring conceived by Sandman creator, multi-award winner, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman (Anasi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods, Coraline, The Graveyard Book), his magical 1997 fantasy novel, Stardust, remains a top favorite. An enchanting adult fairy tale about a young man who travels beyond the boundaries of his small village to find a fallen star and win the heart of the woman he loves—the basis for the hit motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Claire Danes, and Robert DeNiro—Gaiman’s glorious fable is now available in a special keepsake edition. Here is a gift of Stardust—beautifully packaged, with a special new introduction by the author—that every Neil Gaiman devotee will want to receive.

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9 .) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Quora
  • TasteKid

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America’s finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age.

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8 .) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • Reddit

“In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other.”

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7 .) Wintersmith (Discworld, #35; Tiffany Aching, #3) by Terry Pratchett

Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • Goodreads

“The third in a series of Discworld novels starring the young witch Tiffany Aching.

When the Spirit of Winter takes a fancy to Tiffany Aching, he wants her to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever. It will take all the young witch’s skill and cunning, as well as help from the legendary Granny Weatherwax and the irrepressible Wee Free Men, to survive until Spring. Because if Tiffany doesn’t make it to Spring—

—Spring won’t come.”

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6 .) Fables, Vol 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham and James Jean

Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads

When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the “mundys,” their name for normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters created their own secret society that they call Fabletown. From their exclusive luxury apartment buildings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, these creatures of legend must fight for their survival in the new world.

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5 .) Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • TasteKid
  • SFF Chronicles

“Terry Pratchett’s profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett’s maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins—with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind.”

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4 .) The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • RPG
  • Quora

When a passenger check-in desk at London’s Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently? What god would be hanging around Heathrow trying to catch the 3:37 to Oslo? And what has this to do with Dirk’s latest–and late– client, found only this morning with his head revolving atop the hit record “Hot Potato”? Amid the hostile attentions of a stray eagle and the trauma of a very dirty refrigerator, super-sleuth Dirk Gently will once again solve the mysteries of the universe…

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3 .) Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • TasteKid
  • RPG
  • Reddit
  • Quora

“God is dead. Meet the kids.

Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now brother Spider is on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous.”

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2 .) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Lists It Appears On:

  • New In Books
  • TasteKid
  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Reddit
  • The Student Room

“According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .”

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1 .) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Lists It Appears On:

  • TasteKid
  • RPG
  • Reddit
  • Quora
  • SFF Chronicles
  • The Student Room

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

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The Additional Best Books For Fan’s Of American Gods



 

# Book Author Lists
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
20 300 TasteKid
21 A calculus of magic SFF Chronicles
22 A Canticle For Leibowitz TasteKid
23 A Hat Full Of Sky TasteKid
24 Abarat TasteKid
25 Anathem TasteKid
26 Angelmaker Nick Harkaway Book Brows
27 Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth TasteKid
28 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns TasteKid
29 Batman: The Long Halloween TasteKid
30 Bone Clocks David Mitchell Quora
31 Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming Roger Zelazny Project Alexandria
32 Carpe Jugulum TasteKid
33 Changer Jane Lindskold RPG
34 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell Quora
35 Coldheart Canyon Cliver Barker SFF Chronicles
36 Coraline TasteKid
37 Cryptonomicon TasteKid
38 Delta Green RPG
39 Diamond Age Neil Stephenson Quora
40 Drinking Midnight Wine Simon R. Green RPG
41 Elric of Melnibone Michael Moorcock Reddit
42 Equal Rites TasteKid
43 Eric TasteKid
44 Farenheit Twins Michael Faber Quora
45 Feet Of Clay TasteKid
46 Finder (Borderland, #8) Emma Bull Goodreads
47 Fragile Things TasteKid
48 From Hell TasteKid
49 Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel RPG
50 GODWALKER Greg Stolze RPG
51 Going Postal TasteKid
52 Guards! Guards! TasteKid
53 Heaven’s Needle Liane Merciel Project Alexandria
54 Hellblazer TasteKid
55 Hellboy TasteKid
56 His Dark Materials Series Philip Pullman Bustle
57 Hogfather TasteKid
58 Horns Joe Hill Reddit
59 Hounded Kevin Hearne New In Books
60 House of Leaves Reddit
61 I Shall Wear Midnight TasteKid
62 Idoru TasteKid
63 In the Cities of Coin and Spice (The Orphan’s Tales, #2) Catherynne M. Valente Goodreads
64 In the Company of Ogres A. Lee Martinez Project Alexandria
65 Interesting Times TasteKid
66 Invincible TasteKid
67 Jingo TasteKid
68 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell TasteKid
69 Kingdom Come TasteKid
70 Last Call Tim Powers RPG
71 Legends Walking Jane Lindskold RPG
72 Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom Joe Hill Goodreads
73 Loki Mike Vasich Bustle
74 Lord of Light Reddit
75 Lords And Ladies TasteKid
76 Lost Souls TasteKid
77 Lucifer, Vol. 10: Morningstar Mike Carey Goodreads
78 Mage Matt Wagner RPG
79 Making Money TasteKid
80 Maskerade TasteKid
81 Men At Arms TasteKid
82 Modern Magic SFF Chronicles
83 Monstrous Regiment TasteKid
84 Mort TasteKid
85 Moving Pictures TasteKid
86 Mythago Wood Best Fantasy Books
87 Name of the Wind Reddit
88 Neuromancer TasteKid
89 number9dream David Mitchell Quora
90 Paladin of Souls (World of the Five Gods, #2) Lois McMaster Bujold Goodreads
91 Pattern Recognition TasteKid
92 Preacher TasteKid
93 Pyramids TasteKid
94 Quicksilver TasteKid
95 Reaper Man TasteKid
96 Ringworld TasteKid
97 Runaways TasteKid
98 Sin City TasteKid
99 Soul Music TasteKid
100 Sourcery TasteKid
101 Starship Troopers TasteKid
102 Stone Guardian Danielle Monsch New In Books
103 Stranger In A Strange Land TasteKid
104 Summerland Michael Chabon Bustle
105 The Amulet of Samarkand Quora
106 The City and the City China Mieville Reddit
107 The Diamond Age TasteKid
108 The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bob Dollar, #1) Goodreads
109 The Edge of Reason Melinda Snodgrass SFF Chronicles
110 The Falling Woman Pat Murphy Goodreads
111 The Fifth Elephant TasteKid
112 The Godmother Elizabeth Anne Scarborough RPG
113 The Great Book of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber, #1-10) Roger Zelazny Goodreads
114 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Reddit
115 The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N.K. Jemisin Bustle
116 The Illustrated Man Ray Bradbury Project Alexandria
117 The Invisibles TasteKid
118 The Killing Joke TasteKid
119 The King Must Die Mary Renault Bustle
120 The Last Continent TasteKid
121 The Last Hero TasteKid
122 The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen TasteKid
123 The Library at Mount Char Scott Hawkins Book Brows
124 The Light Fantastic TasteKid
125 The Lions of Al-Rassan G.G. Kay Reddit
126 The Mona Lisa Sacrifice Peter Roman BCB
127 The Mote In God’s Eye TasteKid
128 The Murdstone Trilogy Mal Peet New In Books
129 The Neon Court (Matthew Swift, #3) Kate Griffin Goodreads
130 The Ocean At The End Of The Lane TasteKid
131 The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice Tom Holt New In Books
132 The Princess Bride Reddit
133 The Raw Shark Texts Reddit
134 The Salmon Of Doubt TasteKid
135 The Sandman TasteKid
136 The Story of the Stone (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, #2) Barry Hughart Goodreads
137 The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch TasteKid
138 The Truth TasteKid
139 The Watchman TasteKid
140 The Wee Free Men TasteKid
141 The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) Brandon Sanderson Goodreads
142 The Yiddish Policemen’s Union Michael Chabon Quora
143 Thief Of Time TasteKid
144 Thud! TasteKid
145 Under The Skin Michael Faber Quora
146 Unknown Armies RPG
147 Unseen Academicals TasteKid
148 Watchmen TasteKid
149 We3 TasteKid
150 Weaveworld TasteKid
151 White Night (The Dresden Files, #9) Jim Butcher Goodreads
152 Witches Abroad TasteKid
153 Wyrd Sisters TasteKid
154 Zeus is Dead Michael G. Munz New In Books
155 Zoo City Lauren Beukes Reddit


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