Title: Good Omens
Author: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
On the Shelves: Fiction> Fantasy/Sci Fi
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 . . . (Goodreads 2014)
Fact: My dad is a long time Terry Pratchett fan, and I was raised on stories and metaphors of Ankh-Morpork, Agnes Nutter, and Nanny Ogg before I even knew what the hell my father was referencing. Seeing as I had gotten back into reading and was enjoying Neil Gaiman, my dad recommended me Good Omens, in the hopes that it would lead to me reading Discworld (which it did). He pitched Good Omens to me in a simple sentence: “the M25 becomes a sign of the apocalypse”. If that isn’t enough to humour any English citizen to read this book, then I honestly don’t know what is.
“Good Omens” follows the story of the impending apocalypse, which has been predicted since 1655 by Agnes Nutter. It’s sooner than we all think- next Saturday, in fact. What follows is the perspectives of two angels: Crowley – the Angel who “did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards” and Aziraphale, who while working on their respective sides of “Good and Evil”, are trying to agree to disagree with each other. They agree, however, that the Rapture would be an incredibly inconvenient event for both of them…
In case you have not already guessed: Do not take this book seriously. At all. It is the typical English humour where if you do not like sarcasm, you will probably just stare at the page going “I honestly don’t understand why this is meant to be hilarious”. But it is. It is one of the funniest books I have ever read. You are also spoilt for choice as you get the master world building of not one fantasy author but TWO. I also believe that this is where I fell in love with Pratchett’s idea of Death as a character, one which would mean that the DEATH arc of the Discworld series became my favourite, with my first Discworld novel being Hogfather, followed by Mort.
There were times when I felt this book was moving a little too slow for me, but I definitely enjoyed it and fully intend to re-read it this year, actually- especially since Radio 4 have just announced that Good Omens is set to be aired as a radio adaptation this Christmas!! I know I’m excited for it!
I Highly recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of fantasy, sarcasm, and really snarky angels.