Good Omens (Book Review)

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Terry Prachett and Niel Gaiman double team fiction fans with a dose of metaphysics and comedy. Of course you can dispense with the metaphysics entirely and just dive straight into the comedy. That’s my preferred method.

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The premise is, surprisingly, the end of the world. Specifically, it’s The End as described in the biblical book of the apocalypse. This being a satire, the manner in which we reach The-end-of-All begins with the slightest of detours. Then it gets hopelessly lost. The reader ends up on a funny and irreverent road trip.

Imagine the four horsemen of the apocalypse on motor bikes ripping up the British countryside. Imagine the anti-christ getting switched with another baby after delivery. Then add on witch hunters, witches, an accountant, a gang of rowdy kids and an angel and demon who don’t exactly hate each other. It’s a big cast, but somehow Gaiman and Pratchett manage to fit them all into this story.

Normally, I imagine a movie whenever I read a book. I had a hard time imagining this as a movie because of all the characters involved. The book felt hectic. Instead, I decided to think of it as a mini-series. Somehow, that helped me overcome the sense that I was trying to pay attention to too many things. I suspect that effect was intended. There is a race between those who want the end to come and those who don’t. A frenetic pace and harried environment heightens that mood.

If you don’t mind getting your religious beliefs bruised, Good Omens make for good reading.

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My favorite characteristic of this book is the sheer irreverence towards all sorts of things. The natural target is belief systems whether religions or just preconceptions. I got the most laughs from those lines that extolled common sense such as one witch trusting her self defense not to spells but to a rather lengthy breadknife tucked into her belt.

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