Welcome back, BOOKDRAGONS! I can’t wait to share with you my thoughts on another one of my BOOKTUBE-A-THON books. If you still don’t know what BOOKTUBE-A-THON is – go check my previous posts.
Today I’m going to review Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, published in 1990. The book is a World Fantasy Award-nominated novel and it popped out one day when I was googling the funniest books because I wanted to read something that would make me laugh.
The story sounds very grim – demons and angels are trying to prepare for the birth of the Antichrist, the son of Satan, who will bring the End of the World. But as it always happened in a Terry Pratchett novel – humor kicks in. Everything is arranged, the boy is born and he’s supposed to be raised by a wealthy American family, but instead, the witches handling the babies make a mistake and the son of Satan grows up in a small English village away from the persuasive influences of both angels and demons.
That, of course, is the main plot line, which is surrounded by many secondary plot lines. We have an uncommon partnership between an angel and a demon, that started in the down of times; we have the four horsemen of the Apocalypse gathering together for the final battle; we have a ridiculous old man preparing the last warrior of the Witchfinder Army and on top of everything we have The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – a book, that happens to be the most accurate book ever written about the events that will take place in the Final Days.
I was able to get a Bulgarian copy of the book, which turned out to be a very good thing. Good Omens is full with colorful characters and the language they use was adopted so well by the Bulgarian translators, which allowed me to have so much fun reading the story written in words so unique and specific to the Bulgarian language.
There are so many powerful and accurate ideas about life, humans and the never ending battle between good and evil, that the authors found a way to incorporate into the story in such hilarious ways. You can best feel the collaboration between the authors in the friendship between the angel and the demon. Not only they did a great job with these two immortal being who offer the point of view of grownups, who saw everything that happened since the beginning of times, but they were able to represent so well the small and innocent point of view of the children, who are trying to make sense of the big weird world.
The funny quotes are endless and deserve their own article, which will probably happen in the nearest future. However, the explanations and the descriptions of so many not-so-important characters made the book hard to read for me. There are so many things happening in the Final Days already with our main characters that dragging at least seven additional characters along for the ride seemed too much of a distraction. The climax of the story was ruined for me because it was followed by two more want-to-be climaxing scenes. The story could have ended well with a few ending scene after the first climax and I would’ve been happy.
On a more positive note, I will share with you that I found so many correlations between Good Omens and one of my favorite tv show Supernatural that I will write a whole other post just on that.
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To pack it up – I give this book 5 out of 7 DRAGONS because I did experience two big setbacks but I was able to appreciate and enjoy the story despite them. I recommended it to everyone who likes the supernatural element and the fun you can have with it.
If you guys what to check it out I also made a video review:
Have a nice day and keep on reading!