Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Publish Date: May 1, 1990
Published by: William Morrow/HarperCollins
Audiobook Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 12 hrs 33 min (412 pages)
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)
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.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
There were parts of this I enjoyed (Crowley and Aziraphale) and parts that kind of dragged (every other character, especially Adam) so I wasn’t completely enthralled with this book. For much of it I felt like I was forcing myself to continue it, and seriously considered DNFing it several times.
While the overarcing plot was interesting, I didn’t find myself fully engaged with it. It felt like it often went off on tangents that didn’t seem completely necessary to the story, especially when it came to introducing characters. They would be introduced with a long-winded backstories that were exaggerated anaolgies of what made them who they were and I honestly couldn’t care less when that happened. I would rather get to know them through their actions, not their metaphorical histories, if that makes sense.
Like I said, I enjoyed the Crowley and Aziraphale moments and felt like those were kind of lacking in terms of how often they occurred, considering how much the fandom for this book loves them. I thought they would be more prominent in the book, but they weren’t. Or, at least, the other scenes were so long and drawn out that it felt like they weren’t.
Not a bad story but definitely not my favorite either. It had some interesting thoughts about humanity and the good vs. evil stuff, but nothing completely profound either.