Good Omens Review

Author: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett Publishing Date: May 1, 1990 Genre: Fantasy/Comedy  According to 'The Nice and Accu...



Author: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Publishing Date: May 1, 1990
Genre: Fantasy/Comedy 



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 . . .






Rating: 50000/5 would DEFINITELY recommend 


Writing style: 

Fantastic. Okay, so I'll say this right out-you have to get British humor. If that sort of stuff goes right over your head, then you might not really understand this book. BUT, if you're a fan of Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett, then why haven't you picked this up already?? If you are fans of the authors you can certainly tell who wrote what parts-with the more whimsical and action-filled parts being Neil and the more detailed, dialog-filled sections 
by Terry. Albeit there is a section where there is very little going on and it seems to get bogged down a bit with all of the description, but the characters in those sections are lovable and odd enough that it still keeps you laughing. And one thing I loved about the writing was the little footnotes-make sure you pay attention to those! Not only will this book have you laughing so hard that you only put it down to catch your breath, the descriptions are great and the transitions are well done considering how many characters they have to switch between constantly.


Plot:

Where do I start? I already mentioned how funny it is. But don't worry, it's more than just funny. There's drama, action, and deep philosophical discussions. Though we shippers would like to tell you otherwise, there is no actual romantic plot, aside from a little fling between two characters. So,this book is completely PG (with the exception of one rather gruesome scene, courtesy of Mr. Gaiman). Romance or not, it'll have you falling on the floor, on the edge of your seat, and staying up late to finish. I mean, the book begins with
 them losing the Antichrist. And that's just the beginning! From there you get a glimpse into the lives of many different beings, all of whom make you wonder-just what does it mean to be human? 

Characters:

Ohhh, this is the best part. First of all, the first pages of the book has a list of characters, and that alone had be laughing already. Each of the characters, be they good or bad, really added to the plot. Some will make you angry, some will make you laugh, and others you'll want to befriend. But out of all of them, the two best are undeniable a certain angel and demon, who like to refer to each other by pet names, and take each other to lunch at fancy restaurants. Crowley is the biggest dork you'll ever see-his favourite show is Golden Girls, and he scares his plants into growing well. He can be a good guy, though he doesn't like to be told that. In the end, he cares greatly for his friend and it certainly shows. Aziraphale is a book nerd who hoards books in his book shop and goes to great lengths to deter possible customers. He can be less understanding than Crowley and likes to follow the rules-but not always. They compliment each other well, bringing out the best-and worst-of each other. And though anyone would be perfectly happy to read a whole series of books just following those two lovable goofs, there are plenty of other wonderful characters, including the four horseman of the apocalypse. 


Overall:

One of my favourite books. I've read it at least three times and I've listened to the radio show twice. Though that isn't available for free any longer, if you like the book the radio show is definitely worth buying. It's got a great cast and they did an amazing job of formatting it for the radio while keeping it as close to the book as possible-even keeping many exact lines. And the authors worked on it, even making a brief appearance as two policeman! Also, if you love the book or at least love Crowley and Aziraphale, you can find their New Years resolutions online, written by the authors themselves. There is a lot to love about this book and I could go on for hours, but hopefully this was enough to get you interested. And despite being older than me, this book is one I feel will never go out of style!

-ACE

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