The Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (Discworld)Summary: The end of the world is coming.  An angel and a demon happen to like the world the way it is.  Which set of prophecies will win.

I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman and have had this book recommended to me several times.  I have not read any of Terry Pratchett’s Diskworld books, but his fans are legion.

I can feel Gaiman’s fingers in the book.  It is funny, full to details and a ton of characters and a bit sacrilegious.  There are so many story lines.  Adam (the child destined to be the anti-christ is mixed up and given to the wrong family.  The angel and demon that have been friends throughout human history realize that they are not really interested in the world ending and have to decide if it is worth the danger to try and stop it.  Newt (an apprentice witch finder) and witch (descendant of one of the few real prophets of the apocalypse) end up finding one another, falling in love and playing their own part in the apocalypse.

This isn’t a perfect book.  I listened to it and while the narration is OK, it could have been better (the voices of different characters were often annoying and too similar other voices.

I also thought that there were probably too many characters that did not have enough real purpose.  I often like this in Gaiman’s books, but here it seemed like it was just too much.

But on the whole, it was an enjoyable, funny book that I was glad I read.

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American Gods



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