Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Because I knew I was attending the Neil Gaiman book signing, I decided to read Good Omens. And write a review about it. Oh and beware of spoilers!
About the book:
- original title: Good Omens
- ISBN: 0060853980 (ISBN13: 9780060853983)
- edition language: English
- characters: Crowley, Aziraphale, Adam Young, The Them, Anathema Device
- setting: United Kingdom
- literary awards World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (1991)
Synopsis according to Goodreads:
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 . . .
Pretty much throughout reading the book and certainly after finished my thoughts were along the line of ‘what the fuck did I just read?’
And almost immediately after reading it; ‘how the hell am I going to write a review about this book.’ But I am gonna try to do the book justice by this review.
The story is confusing as hell (or heaven), storylines cross each other just about every other page, the blasphemy is dripping of the pages, and I loved every second of it.
Ok, so I’m a huge Supernatural fan I couldn’t help but picture Crowley in the form as Mark Sheppard. (If someone is making a movie out of this book, please cast him for the role. There is only one Crowley and that’s Mark) But that’s just a quick side note.
Having met both authors in real life and reading other books by them I can agree this is the best writing collaboration out there.
The age old story of Good versus Evil, turning out to be Good , with a dash of Evil inside and Evil with a splash of Good in the Angel Aziraphale and the Demon Crowley roaming the earth and enjoying each other’s company.
But those days are numbered as the apocalypse is foretold to start. But Hell seems to have misplaced its Anti-Christ and Heaven really wants to start war on earth to settle the score about which side will win.
Mix in ancient prophecies Agnes Nutter made. Or think more along the line how a witch from the 17th century writing up accurate prophecies about present day. She must have been one confused witch, seeing computers and cars and everything before they were invented.
And we have a lovely hell-hound being not so hellish because his owner wants him to be more puppy than killing monster on four paws.
Don’t forget the four horsemen, although Pestilence retired after the discovery of penicillin in 1936, and who is now being replaced by Pollution. But the four horsemen also adapted to modern life and are more like the original Hell’s Angels, or Hell’s demons, or Hell’s something.
We also have some good old fashioned witch hunters, a true witch living next door to the Anti-Christ, a prostitute with a scooter, a boy not being the Anti-Christ, the Them, some true Hell’s Angels, Satanic sisters and maggots.
Are you confused yet? Good, now go read the book to make some sense in all of this!
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Rating and recommendation:
I rate this book a solid 9 out of 10, or 5 out of 5 stars if you use the Goodreads rating system.
Why should you read it? Well, if you love a funny fantasy story, are a fan of either or both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, love a good story about blasphemy which you don’t need to take serious, or believe me on my trustworthy big blue eyes, pick up a copy.
Why shouldn’t you read it? You hate the works of either or both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (seriously, how can you not like them? I understand if you don’t like some of their works, but all of it?) You are looking for a quick read to distract you, you don’t like people making fun of your religion. Then back away from the book, no seriously, back away and go read the yellow pages.
I hope you enjoyed this review, lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy