Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is a story about the last days leading up to the Apocalypse. The story is told from several different P.O.V.’s, in shorter and longer scenes, eventually sewn together neatly at the end. Starring: meek-hearted angels and slick demons, wonderful witches and demented witchhunters, wise children and their unknowing parents, satanic nuns and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Before I got to know all the unique characters the reading experience was a bit scattered and fragmented, but once all the relationships and motives were established, everything was crystal clear.

It is a true accomplishment to write a funny story about such an ominous and depressing topic as the End of the World. The sophisticated and witty tone (slightly sardonic a times) of the story, the clashes and interactions between the characters and the silly foot notes all contribute to the hilariuosness of the novel. I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something truly aweinspiring and magical about the combined writing forces of Gaiman and Pratchett;

Just because it’s a mild night doesn’t mean that dark forces aren’t abroad. They’re abroad all the time. They’re everywhere.

     They always are. That’s the whole point.

     Two of them lurked in the ruined graveyard. Two shadowy figures, one hunched and squat, the other lean and menacing, both of them Olympic-grade lurkers. If Bruce Springsteen had ever recorded “Born to Lurk”, these two would have been on the album cover.

I’ve read it twice, this far (once in Swedish and more recently in English) and I know I’ll read it again. It’s that type of story, that you want to return to over and over again, to re-discover the characters and parts you loved immediately, and to discover parts you didn’t notice the first time around.

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4 thoughts on “Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

  1. I found this story to be hilarious. It was the first book I read by Terry Pratchett. I had read Neil Gaiman before which was what attracted me to the book. I have since fallen in love with Terry Pratchett’s work.

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