Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

 

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“There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world’s last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. . . . Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.

Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon — each of whom has lived among Earth’s mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle — are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they’ve got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he’s a really nice kid). There’s just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him. . . .”

Good Omens is the novel that started my obsession with Neil Gaiman’s work. His partnership with Terry Pratchett is one of the things I want to achieve someday.

The synopsis just scratches the surface of everything that goes on in this book. I’d recommend Good Omens to anyone who is bored of the usual apocalypse novel tropes. It is by far the funniest end of the world story that I have ever read.

One of the main characters is a demon named Crowley, and a lot of people believe that he was the basis for the Crowley of the popular television show Supernatural. Aside from saring the same name, Supernatural¬†shares a discreet¬†reference¬†to something referenced in Good Omens. Crowley of Good Omens builds an elaborate freeway system in the shape of a sigil and uses the traffic as a power source to create “low-grade evil too pollute the metaphysical atmosphere.” Regardless of whether you are a Supernatural fan or not, the Crowley of Good Omens is a character that most fans adore.

With relatable characters and an intriguing plot, I recommend Good Omens to fantasy veterans and new-comers to the genre. There are definitely sections that some people could find slow or a little dry, but that’s part of this novel’s charm. Whether you’re used to faster-aced novels or not, I think Good Omens is definitely worth your time!