Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett)Tuesday, 19. February 2013
The angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley have spent a lot of time on earth, doing their respective duties and have got pretty comfortable here. So when the news reaches them that the Antichrist is about to be born and the apocalypse is drawing closer, they are not really happy about it. But Crowley sets things in motion, as they are supposed to be set in motion, though coincidence seems to have a hand in it as well. But it has all been predicted by Agnes Nutter, a witch who died a while back, but still has an heir in Anathema Device who keeps up the family tradition. While the Horsemen of the Apocalypse start to gather, it turns out that the boy everybody thought was the Antichrist was actually switched at birth and nobody really knows where the Antichrist really is.
Good Omens is exactly what you imagine a book written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman to be like. That is well-written, clever and a whole lot of fun.
I had been saving this book because it was the only novel for adults by Neil Gaiman that I hadn’t read yet. But now that The Ocean at the End of the Lane is so close to coming out, I thought I could finally dip into this one. And I’m glad I did.
It is a book with great characters. Crowley and Aziraphale, of course, but also Anathema. And I loved the four Horsemen, too. I have to admit that the character I cared least about was Adam. Not that I didn’t like him, but his ark was just not that interesting to me. Which is weird, since he is the Antichrist and his ark is where the whole thing comes together.
I really enjoyed the prophecies and the time travel angle. Those things usually tickle my fancy and the two of them really make it work.
All of that with good prose and a great sense of humor. Which makes it pretty much the perfect entertainment.
Summarising: loved it.