What’s better than Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett teaming up to write a book about angels, demons, the Antichrist, and the Apocalypse?
Recently, I’ve not exactly been in a reading slump – more I’ve read a lot of books in a row that I haven’t cared for or out and out hated. I was severely hoping that this one would change that, and give me something interesting to read.
I was not left disappointed, instead, I was overjoyed.
Good Omens is exactly what you would think a book written by the legends that are Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – it’s witty and cleverly written, filled with tiny little details that other authors wouldn’t bother with.
The book itself follows the story of:
“An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.”
“Many people, meeting Aziraphale for the first time, formed three impressions: that he was English, that he was intelligent, and that he was gayer than a treeful of monkeys on nitrous oxide.”
The Four Horseman Of The Apocolypse.
“You’re Hell’s Angels, then? What chapter are you from?’
‘REVELATIONS. CHAPTER SIX.”
And the Antichrist himself.
“Potentially evil. Potentially good, too, I suppose. Just this huge powerful potentiality waiting to be shaped.”
All trying to either stop or start the apocalypse itself, depending what side they’re on.
Crowley, like his Supernatural counterpart, is a demon, on the more morally grey part of the scale. He’s actually friends with Aziraphale, a book-loving angel, and both of them like the world as it is. They like humanity’s degrees of good and bad, eating sushi, and listening to classic music in Crowley’s pristine Bentley (though all cassettes turn into Queen’s Greatest Hits after spending two weeks in a car, without fail).
So, they’re trying to stop the Apocolypse, while the Four Horseman ride to start it, and the actual Antichrist has no idea who he is, or what he is doing. Combining them, and various other characters, including a witch, and witchfinder general, and a little boy called Wensleydale, it’s safe to say that the Apocolypse is going to turn out very interesting!
I loved every second of this book, actually kicked myself for not reading it sooner. It’s a brilliant laugh for anybody who loves apocalyptic fiction. Especially those who like their classic stories with a twist.
Intelligent, funny, and altogether fantastic. Good Omens is a must read for any fan of the Discworld, Neil Gaiman, or, well, life. This book will make you question ethics, the intelligence of children, whether there’s a point to an all-out war between Heaven and Hell, and just how good a demon can be. All while making you laugh, and whisking you away to Lower Tadfell, (no, seriously) on an adventure that’s hard to forget.
Hell may have all the best composers, and Heaven may have all the best choreographers, but Earth, when this was written, had the best writers, and this book is the culmination of the best writers creating pure magic.