Book Review: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

IMG_1916According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, written 1655 before she exploded, the world will end on Saturday. Actually… next Saturday. Just after tea. People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date turns up. However, it seems that the armies of Good and Evil are apparently amassing, and the four Bikers of the Apocalypse are hitting the road. However, there’s one angel and one demon who would quite like the Rapture not to happen. Oh, and they’ve also misplaced the Antichrist.

I read this book a while ago, so I apologise if this review isn’t particularly accurate, but this book was great and I loved it. It’s kind of hard to review a book that I enjoyed so much, because I can’t exactly pin down what I enjoyed so much about it. The witty humour? The awesome characters? The Britishness? ALL OF THE ABOVE?!

So instead I have complied a list, because I love lists and they rock.

TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK BY A VERY BIASED REVIEWER.

  1. It’s funny. Like, genuinely funny. I was laughing out loud and I just read an extract again… and laughed out loud again. I mean, come on: “Of course it’s not Saturday. Saturday was yesterday. It’s honestly Sunday today, really. What do you mean, you’ve lost a day? I haven’t got it.”
  2. It’s very clever. It was written by two very intelligent people and for that, it’s just generally brilliant.
  3. It’s British. That alone should be a reason for you to read it.
  4. There’s a dog. Who’s actually a hellhound. But he shape-shifts and is called Dog. DUH. READ IT.
  5. The four Bikers of the Apocalypse (or Horsemen, whatever) are accompanied by some more bikers. ALL OF THE APOCALYPSE.
  6. There are some awesome character descriptions: “Many people, meeting Aziraphale for the first time, formed three impressions: that he was English, that he was intelligent, and that he was gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide.”
  7. AZIRAPHALE AND CRAWLY ARE GREAT OKAY. They’re honestly awesome and really make the entire thing. I LOVE THEM.
  8. It’s so well developed. There’s so much history in it, and it’s really brilliant the way it’s done. I’ve said it’s clever but take well developed as another reason to just pick up the damn book.
  9. It says a lot about society and religion, which are two very tricky things to both write, talk and basically breathe about (people are scary okay, don’t get on their nerves). So that’s kinda cool and they offer up some good ideas. Kind of like Russell Howard (and if you haven’t seen him action before, search his comedy on YouTube. So. Worth. It).
  10. It’s just written genuinely well. You can practically see the accents, and it’s brilliantly funny with fantastic joking between the characters.

Also: EXTRA CONTENT. NEED I SAY MORE?!

I really do recommend this, so go find and read. It’s one that you’ll come back to again, and again.

Speaking of which, I probably should get my own copy. Thank you, boyfriend, for lending me yours (twice!).


TITLE: Good Omens
AUTHOR: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
GENRE: Adult humour
PUBLISHER//YEAR OF PUBLICATION: Penguin Random House//Orig. 1990
NUMBER OF PAGES: 402
ISBN: 9780552137034
GOODREADS
PERSONAL SOURCE: Borrowed from boyfriend
RATING: 5/5

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