Thursday, January 2, 2014

Good Omens

By: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Genre: Fantasy, humor

Read If:
1) You know what GOOD humor is.
2) You believe that the end is near.
3) You don't care much for witches.

This is a classic. (That means you MUST read it)

     Good Omens is a cult classic. Proclaimed by Neil Gaiman himself to be one of those books that is read, reread, lended out, never seen again, taped up, and of course dropped in the bath. Yes, it is that good. All of the ingredients are there; effeminate angel, materialistic demon, witch finders, and a misplaced Antichrist.

     Crowley, a demon from hell who loves nothing more than his car, is set in charge of the placement of the Antichrist into a human family. He is then to track him and influence the child throughout his life until the most anticipated moment of history finally occurs. The apocalypse is on it's way. Aziraphale, Crowley's natural enemy but actual friend stays on Earth to represent the other side. He is an angel who owns a bookstore, however he prefers to collect more than sell.

     Over the thousands of years these two have been on Earth, they have slowly modernized and humanized themselves enough to not want the long awaited apocalypse to happen, life is simply too much fun. They then set out on a mission to find the lost child and see what they can do about putting of f the end of the world. The dynamic and banter between these two is extremely entertaining, they make Good Omens what it is. Truthfully, it is one of the funniest books I have ever read.
      We also have a young witch who has in her possession the only completely accurate book of prophecies ever made.The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. The book was written by an ancestor of hers and has stayed in the family ever since. It of course describes all of the events leading up to the apocalypse, how could it not?

     Stirred in the mix are also a group of witch finders, satanic nuns (who are actually quite lovely people,) a dog, and a paintball fight. Do you need to hear anything else, or are you already on your way to find this book? If you need more convincing I am quite ready to provide it.

     Throughout the story there is a general theme that humans cause their own demise. Yes they are influenced by good and bad, but in the end it is they who make the choices. I'll leave you with this quote, "It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people."

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