Hello everyone! This review was meant to go up on Tuesday, but the day got away from me and alas, I was ready for bed before I even got around to composing my thoughts! Sorry about that, but sometimes life just seems to get in the way of these things. I’m going to make up for it though with some exciting things happening in the near future, I promise. Now on to the review…
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. Here is the back of the book synopsis:
The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch, the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
Put New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett together…and all Hell breaks loose.
Now from what I heard this was a hysterical read and I actually thought it would be. The line about misplacing the Antichrist roped me in. I have to say though, I thought the book was OK. It certainly had its funny moments and I laughed and it also had moments where it resonated and struck a chord with me, but on the whole it was an average read for me.
My favorite characters by far were the “somewhat fussy andgel” and “fast-living demon” as I found myself enjoying their dialogues and patterns the most. For their story it is very much a “you had one job” meme (before those were cool) and I really enjoyed that part of the storyline. I didn’t really feel anything towards any of the other characters and I felt that one other character could have been painted (and potentially should have been) in a completely different light that added more to the story.
The story itself was well written and tied up very nicely at the end, but seemed to be lacking. This may have been simply because I only cared about two of the characters ultimately, but I felt that I wanted a little bit more in the story. I felt that the story was cast through too many different characters rather than focus on the 3 or 4 that were at the center of the story.
All this being said, I enjoyed the book well enough. The parts that I laughed out, I laughed out loud and there were a couple parts that truly struck a chord and definitely applied to the world today. I can’t really say whether I would honestly recommend this book as I felt very average about it and am not sure that I know of anyone that would in fact enjoy the full story (kind of makes me sad as I did enjoy it when I hit the parts I enjoyed)