Good Omens


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THE BOOK,
by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, chronicles the apocalypse and events from Revelations through the points of view of those involved. If you’re familiar with either of these authors, I think you can tell what to expect.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
It was so long ago, I can’t remember, but I think I chose it from a bookshelf in a store, started reading the prologue, then bought it and read almost nonstop for three days. I review it now at the suggestion of my fiancée, who considers it among her favorites. It is one of mine, too.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
I finished Good Omens multiple times. As mentioned before, both of the authors are remarkable and bring a unique take on the coming of the anti-Christ. To give you an idea, the book opens with an amiable, water-cooler-esque discussion of Adam and Eve’s recent eviction from Eden between an angel and the serpent.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
This book is not extremely high energy in the beginning; it isn’t boring by any stretch, but action is later, near the climax. This book keeps your interest by being clever curious, and funny, and planting one single major plot seed very early on which promises to bloom later. If it fails to hook you with the humor, however, it has lost you. Also, the footnotes, though hilarious, can be distracting from the plot and make you lose your place (they are worth reading, however).

RECOMMENDATION: READ
Good Omens is one of those books which only emerges from the collective human unconscious once in a generation—a collaboration of two masters of fantasy and humor which actually WORKS. Definitely a good read for anyone with a sense of humor about religion.

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