CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR4 Review #27: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
***It is apparently very difficult for me to write a review of a book that I love. I finished this book 3 weeks ago, but I can’t even get halfway through the review. I can’t define the qualities that make me love a book. I just do. If I hate something, I am ridiculously articulate about why I hate it. I have a 10 minute lecture on why Titanic was a terrible movie, or why Taylor Swift songs make the Baby Jesus cry. But why I love something is far more ineffable. My half-assed attempt at a review is below.***
Good Omens is very, very English. It’s more English than Queen Elizabeth having tea and scones at a Jane Austen convention. It’s very dry and droll, so obviously, I love it. I have read this book at least four times now. This is one of those books that you recommend to nearly everyone you meet. I also realized that I’ve read a ton of apocalyptic literature for this Cannonball Read. That’s a disturbing revelation. The Hunger Games series, World War Z, and Robopocalypse immediately spring to mind. This was definitely the most light-hearted and ridiculous.
Good Omens is the story of Armageddon. Crowley is a demon who is enjoying the chaos he has wrought over the centuries until he is given the message from below that the Antichrist is about to be delivered to Earth. Since he enjoys being on Earth he colludes with Aziraphale, an Angel, to make sure that the Antichrist is raised as impartially as possible. The problem is that the Antichrist has been misplaced and is now a perfectly normal 11-year-old boy in a small town in England. Chaos ensues while the 4 motorcyclists of the Apocalypse race towards Armageddon.
What really sets this book apart isn’t the plot so much as the writing. The small jokes are often the best. Did you know that if you leave a cassette tape in a car for longer than two weeks it automatically becomes a tape of Queen’s Greatest Hits – which is awesome!
This book is a must-read for anyone who likes dry British humor.