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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

August 16, 2019
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

I finally read it! After months and months of being pestered by colleagues to read Good Omens, I finally did it, and I really enjoyed it.

This is a work of comedic genius from start to finish and often I had to avoid reading it in public for fear of bursting out giggling. Haven't you noticed that it's perfectly fine to laugh at a film but laugh at a book and you're looked at as though your mad? I struggle to explain quite why I and so many others find Good Omens so funny. It quite simply is. It's subtle on the page but when you consider the overall plot of the novel, of course, it's going to be funny. The antichrist has been misplaced, armageddon is supposed to start and an angel and demon have to try and locate it whilst trying to put the world to rights...or wrongs in this case.

Crowley and Aziraphale have perhaps the best chemistry I've ever seen from a pairing. They're not really friends, they're not an item really but they just work so well together. Neither of them would admit that the other is really their friend but they are. I recently started watching the Prime series with Sam and on-screen its as though there's more to their friendship than meets the eye. They act almost like a married couple in that they bicker but don't really argue. It's translated from the page wonderfully.

The plot is barmy. Utterly nonsensical in how its told but with a very linear progression. Per page, you can jump at least four perspectives and move through the story of each character just that little bit more. One of my favourite moments was when Anathema met Newton Pulsifer. Not only is there a massive amount of POV's in the story there are also footnotes. I liked both of these factors but found that I had to sit for a long time to really get into the book. I couldn't say read for ten minutes and then stop as it felt like I hadn't gotten any more story.

Overall, an absolute romp of a book and I can't wait to read more of each author's work respectively.


Name: Good Omens

Author: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Pages: 392

ISBN: 978-0-5521-7672-9

Rating: 4/5

Have you read Good Omens?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    Jessica at Booked J
    August 17, 2019 at 1:06 am

    This is a definite must-read. I’ve been wanting/needing to read this for what feels like forever. I’ve never read anything from Pratchett before but Gaiman has penned some of my favourite novels of all time. So, naturally, I’m making grabby hands at it anytime I see this novel. Great review!

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      August 21, 2019 at 6:43 pm

      Aw thankyou!
      I’ve only ever read from Gaiman as well but now I want to try some Pratchett too.

      And of course read the rest of Neil Gaiman’s works…

      Katie x

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