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Review: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

July 4, 2019

About the book:

‘Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right’

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Judgement Day is almost upon us and the world’s going to end in a week . . .

Now people have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea?

You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it.

It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They’ve been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse.

And then there’s the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

My Thoughts:

I’m not entirely sure how this one passed me by. How have I never read it before? Well, no matter, I have now and I LOVE IT. Late to the party as I am, I am very glad I read the book before the show. LOVE both the adaption and the original but my gosh this book is glorious. It’s now one of my favorites, if not right up the top!

It’s a silly, fun, full of hope, eternal, ethereal, devilish joy to read… did I mention it’s just plain fun?

Terrific characterization, terrific humor, terrific concepts and engrossing world building. Makes one think. Makes one feel.

How glorious is it to be human? In a time of darkness this book brings the light. As I read it, the stressors of my days melted away and I began to hope again. It’s a rare thing for a book to do that and I love it all the more for it.

This is one of those books that you can read over and over again. And I will. I needed the joy and sense of hope this book brings with it’s uplifting ending and when I closed it, I just wanted to open it and start again.

This book now has pride of place on my bookshelf next to my well worn copy of The Princess Bride and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’m bereft I have only just discovered Good Omens now when I could have been enjoying its glorious words for so long. I’ve watched the show now – several times. And I am off to get the script book because OMG I just want more of this story. My hat is off to Terry Pratchett, (no doubt looking down from on high laughing at all of us) and my sunglasses on, to tilt down and grin at Neil. Fabulous.

If you haven’t read it… Do it as soon as possible.

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4 Comments
  1. Great book cover.

  2. I have not read this either, to my great surprise.
    I love Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett was a beloved genius.
    I will be in Scotland next month to seek it out and devour whole!

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