Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett


This is by far, one of the most entertaining books I've read in some time. I must admit, I don't read a lot of fiction, the last major novels I've read were probably The Hunger Games or the Divergent series (and only because they were so popular I had to see what the fuss was all about). Now Good Omens is in a league of its own, more about it in a while.

I reserved this book from the National Library after reading an article that featured Neil Gaiman in conversation with Kazuo Ishiguro where the former briefly mentions the book in question.

What can I say? This book is funny from start to end, which was what the authors intended it to be. A book of much laughter and fun. 

*Spoiler alert*

In short, the story about an angel (Aziraphale) and a demon (Crowley) going about, doing their jobs, and trying to raise a boy who is the Antichrist until they realise that he isn't. When they finally find him, they see that he prevents Armageddon from happening and continue about their daily lives.

That was a woefully inadequate summary of a book that is so much more.

What I liked about it was how it used the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse and turned them into characters in their own right. Fascinating how they did it.

The story moves on at a brisk pace and quite rightly speeds up at the end.

I would recommend this book to jaded and cynical readers of fiction, or even non-fiction, or anyone tired of life in general. This book is one that shifts paradigms and makes the world a must better place to live in.

Thank you Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett!

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