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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett: Good Omens

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, WitchGood Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a really popular book, and for good reason. After all, Terry Pratchett (R.I.P) and Neil Gaiman penned this novel and they are two of the biggest most recognized names in the biz. That being said, this book is also a big let down considering who it came from.

The first half of this book is really great. The interaction between the angel and the demon and the mutual understanding of the ineffable plan is both entertaining and fun. There are some interesting insights are nice little japes at religion as well as atheists.

However, it is when the book shifts focus to the children that it goes down hill. These kids are dry and boring characters. They don't do much of anything but argue over the definitions of things and how to play games.

Another issue with this book is that I found the voices of both these authors sort of buried. Pratchett's eye-rolling, groan-worthy, humanist humor feels watered down. The same can easily be said for Gaiman's trademark "weirdness." Part of this may be due to the fact that, from what I understand, this was rather early in both of their careers.

That being said, it is an fun and breezy read. It is, in effect, like popcorn. You won't pull much out of this book but, well, its delicious and sometimes that's enough.

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