Friday 21 December 2018

Book Review: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (Fantasy)

Title: Good Omens
Author: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
William Morrow

Publication Date: 2006 (1990)
Birthday Gift

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 hadn't heard of Good Omens until I saw the trailer for the forthcoming TV adaptation; however, it looked like something I would really enjoy. And I did. This story captivated me from start to finish, and had me laughing out loud (especially with all the jokes about the M25). It was witty and fun, over the top and wonderful. I adored the duo of Aziraphale and Crowley, and all the other characters also came across brilliantly. It's full of British humour, too, which is something I always appreciate. I would definitely come back and read it again in the future, and I am now even more excited for the TV series.

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