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Good Omens

Posted by Rachel on July 7, 2009

Author: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level: Moderate

Rating: G

Summary: 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. . . 

Rachel’s Review: I’d been hearing about this book for quite a while before I finally found it at Goodwill (Others may call it coincidence; I believe it to be fate). By that time, I was a rather solid fan of Terry Pratchett, and I hadn’t yet read anything by Neil Gaiman, though one of my friends near worshipped Neverwhere (but that’s another review for another day). So I was excited for this book to say the least.

And I am proud to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Pratchett and Gaiman make excellent co-authors, and it was interesting to see the way their particular writing styles meshed. Pratchett is classic British humour (see what I did there?) and Gaiman has a slightly darker side (as well as great hair). I laughed out loud throughout the book and fell quite in love with Aziraphale (“an angel and part-time rare book dealer”) and Crowley (“an angel who did not fall so much as saunter vaguely downwards”). 

My copy of Good Omens is now beginning to disintegrate at the seams. Some may say that means I am a terrible book-keeper and should be hanged (hung?). I say it means I love this book a lot and carried it with me everywhere while I read it, occasionally forgetting to dodge trucks while crossing the street and getting trampled into the mud (you know how trucks trample these days). All the same. Funny read 😀

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