Review: Good Omens – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman.

good omensAccording 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 . . .

I’ve had this book recommended to me countless times when I’ve been looking for a newbie, and I finally gave it a go. It’s a bit mental, isn’t it?

Already a fan of Gaiman, not really read much from Pratchett, it seemed like a fair shout, and when the duo of demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale were introduced I knew it was a good one.

I’ve read a lot of books that try to take a humorous take on something – sometimes religion, sometimes other things – and more often than not it’s a bit hit or miss. But this just nails it, from the social commentary to the down right stupid naming of characters.

So, if I had more time to do this justice, I could, and probably would. But since I was probably the last person to get around to reading this, you’ll all know that this was pretty great.


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