Review: Good Omens

  • Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Good Omens is the bastard child of the literary masters Mr. Terry Prachett and Mr. Neil Gaiman. Never read anything by either author? Well here is a good place to start.

Armageddon is coming. On a Saturday to be precise. But to be honest,  Aziraphale  (Angel) and Crowley (Demon) have grown to quite like Earth. It would be a shame really, to let it all be consumed in fire and fury. So the pair team up in an unholy alliance to intercept the Antichrist. The plan is to give him just enough good and evil to balance him out and thus prevent the end of the world. Unfortunately, all their efforts are wasted when they realize that they have been respectively purifying/corrupting the wrong boy for the past eleven years. Presently the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse have begun to gather and the Hellhound arrives, seeking his true Master. Now the race is on to find the misplaced spawn and some how save the world before the end of the week. No pressure.

Pratchett and Gaiman make a wonderful tag team in this fast paced comedy. Both voices are nicely woven together to form a seamless narrative. A cast of unique characters and a plot is formed from a series of hilariously semi-random events come together to make an excellent novel. I give Good Omens a 9 out of 10. If you’re not laughing, you’re missing something.

For those of you who have already discovered the awesomeness that is Good Omens, I urge you to read more of either author. If you enjoyed the bits with Adam and the Them most (which was written almost exclusively by Terry Pratchett), check out Pratchett’s Nation. Or, if your willing to commit to a long series (40 books and counting), take a look into the serial satire of Discworld

If you enjoyed the bits with Death and the Horsemen (for which Neil Gaiman claims responsibility) then you might want to try American Gods (a personal favorite) or Neverwhere.

“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.” – Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

– Littlewolf

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