Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil GaimanGood Omens by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
Published: HarperTorch (1990), Paperback, 413pg
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Humor
Source: Bought


Summary:

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... (from Goodreads)

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I’ve read Good Omens at least five times, and loved it EVERY TIME except for the last. The last time was for a class, and no matter how good a class and no matter how much I may love the books I read for a class during that class,1 afterwards I always associate that book with schoolwork and thus it is tainted. It is Work. It is Un-Fun.2 (Why did I major in English?) Something about taking apart a book to write a paper for a grade just sucks the fun out of re-reading it for pleasure.

Luckily, it’s been long enough now since that class that rereading Good Omens was fun again! Huzzah! And, happily enough, it was just as lovely as I remember it being before I took that class.

Best parts: the characters, who are a perfect mix of Gaiman and Pratchett; the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and their other versions (no spoilers); the balance of humor and thrillingly heart-warming stuff; Aziraphale and Crowley; the taking of horror movie standards and moving them around until they’re both scary AND funny; all the references to The Omen (which I really should watch again soon).

It’s sort of both early Pratchett AND Gaiman, so it’s got some quirks in it that maybe aren’t in their later books? (That isn’t really a bad thing, of course.) I kind of think it’d be WAY MORE INTENSE in both humor and heart if they’d written it now.

Read: June 26-27, 2013

Who would you cast in a Good Omens movie? I think Richard Ayoade would be great as Newton Pulsifer, if a bit older than he is in the book.

Found on The Guardian
Found on The Guardian

Footnotes

  1. See: Virginia Woolf’s books.
  2. See: why I still haven’t reread ANY Virginia Woolf books since my Virginia Woolf class.

2 Comments

  1. Wow! I am so surprised to hear that reading books for school messes you up on them. That is an extremely unfortunate outcome! What class did you have to read Good Omens for?

    I never thought about how differently Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett would write this book if they wrote it now. You’re so right though. I don’t read Terry Pratchett really, but Neil Gaiman’s writing has changed a ton.

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