Summer Reading: Good Omens

Cover Good Omens

So by ramdom choice, the book next in line to be read in my summer reading scheme was Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

Now since I haven’t read it before now, I had no real expectations of it, except that it be like the blurbs proclaimed: Funny, eccentric, intelligent, suspenseful and humane.

Its a hard book to describe. It is whimsical and funny, have a wide range of strange, nutty, endearing characters, who are all slowly converging on Tadfield, where Antichrist, in the shape of eleven year old Adam Young, is currently residing.

Adam is going to bring about the end of the world, it has been prophetized by Agnes Nutter, a witch burned on the stake 300 years ago. Adam just doesn’t know it yet. But the motions has been set into gear, the four horsemen are riding, strange things are happening everywhere, such as Atlantis rising, in other words, Armageddon is approaching.

Apart from Adam Young, and his merry gang (called the Them) there’s a wide cast of characters in this book:

Aziraphale, heaven’s main man on earth, book shop owner, enthusiastic rare book collector.

Crowley, of Adam and Eve fame as the snake that tempted Eve, bringing paradise to an abrubt stop. Cool dude, likes earth very much, hell rather a lot less.

Newt Pulsifier, private in the army of Witchfinders, general clumsy guy, don’t do well with electrics.

Anathema Device, witch and occultist, decendant of Agnes Nutter, knows something is about to happen, as she has the only book containing The Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnes Nutter.

Mr. Shadwell, sergant in the Witchfinder Army, general mistrusting of all, especially Madame Tracy next door, who’s rather fond of gentleman company.

Its a fun and entertaining book, but it didn’t really sweep me along. It took way too long to read, simply because I couldn’t keep my focus on it. And while it was funny and whimsical, it was way way too wordy. Too many witty plays with words and conceptions, too many pokes at modern day life, tele marketers, road systems and such. A little less poking fun and a little more attention to the main characters, who I would have loved to get to know a little better, would have made the story much more entertaining. There are a few parts of the books, that could have been cut, to make it a little more engaging.

Next up is Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin





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