Title: Good Omens
Author: Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, soon to be an original series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.
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 . . .
I can’t believe I waited this long to read Good Omens. To be honest it’s been on my radar for a while, but I kept putting it off. And then the show was announced and I decided to watch it because so many fans of the books spoke wonders about it. It was getting through the show that finally gave me the push I needed to start reading it. I loved the show so much, I was starved for more. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that the book is as wonderful as all the hype.
That said, it was an odd book (in the best way). I listened to the audio book instead of reading it, so I’m not sure if that contributed to how it felt going through it, but it really felt like someone was just telling me a story. The narrator goes off on tangents that I might not have enjoyed as much if I hadn’t watched the show first, but it made for a very interesting experience.
When I watched the show, Crowley was my favorite character, and that holds true in the book, too. He feels like the more human of the two supernatural beings, especially since he has to work to convince Aziraphale that working to stop the end of the world is a good idea. Their adventure throughout the rest of the story was delightful – and I think that sums up the entirety of the story. Good Omens is an utterly delightful story, hopeful and upbeat in a way that many other stories about similar subjects can never be.
And I’m still starved for more.