ambern’s #CBR4 Review #21 Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
I am still having a ridiculously hard time in school so I decided that a book about the apocalypse would provide the pick-me-up that I needed. Damned if it didn’t help. I’m sure pretty much everyone reading this has already read Good Omens, probably multiple times. It’s just one of those books that is impossible not to like: smart, funny, and extremely British.
The story begins with an angel, Aziraphale, and a demon, Crowley, discussing the ineffable plan shortly after Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden. The two continue this discussion throughout the next 6,000 years. Things come to a head once the Antichrist is born, even though he is promptly misplaced and raised without influences from heaven or hell.
11 years later the Antichrist, Adam, is living an idyllic life for an English boy, he has his gang of friends and is unaware of his powers. Despite this, the apocalypse is moving forward as planned and the world is destined to end on Saturday. Aziraphale and Crowley, along with Witchfinders, professional descendants, Adam and his gang, and the four horsemen are all doing their part in fulfilling the predictions of Agnes Nutter, the only truly accurate prophet known to the world.
What is there to say? I love this book and I wish everyone would read it. It is smart and so funny that I scare people on the metro with my laughing. I’m glad that I live in a world where writers like Pratchett and Gaiman exist and that I can get swept up into their ridiculous logic.