Good Omens

Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.  I’m not quite sure what to think about this book, it had it’s high points and low points, much like most books do.  The book also had a really interesting premise.  Anyway, on to the review.

Book Stats

398 pages

Stand alone

Religious Satire? (It’s a weird book to place in a genre) It was in the SciFi/Fantasy section at Barnes and Noble.

Characters

The beginning of the book centers on Crowley, who is a demon, and Aziraphale, an angel.  These two have been on opposing sides over the past 6,000 years that the world has existed, and over that time they’ve developed a friendship of sorts.  At the very least they try not to interfere with each other.  Along with these two, the book also shows several humans as they interact with each other and the events going on in the world.

Setting

The book is set in England around the time it was written.  Late 1980’s or early 1990’s.

Plot

This is the brilliant idea of the book.  The basic premise is that instead of being raised by satanists who will push him towards the evil he was intended to do, the antichrist (named Adam in the book) is raised by a regular family in a small suburban town.  The book takes place in the days leading up to Armageddon.  We follow Aziraphale, Crowley, Adam, and several other characters as they deal with some very strange things happening in the world.

Enjoyment

The book had a wonderful premise, but in a lot of ways just never worked for me as well as I think it could’ve.  There were a lot of funny parts (Crowley fighting off two other demons, killing one with holy water and trapping the other one in an answering machine tape was fun), but ultimately the way the story was told was odd.  All of the primary viewpoint characters ultimately end up being very tangental to the overall plot.  There were also a lot of times when the humor in the book seemed stretched to me.  If you’ve read Pratchett before, you know that he uses footnotes in his books, while these aren’t necessarily bad, in this book they really varied from amazingly entertaining to me asking why I even bothered to read them.

Overall Grade

Some good, some bad, if you’re a fan of Pratchett or Gaiman, go for it, otherwise I can’t say I’d give this book too much of a recommendation.

6/10

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