Monday, July 29, 2013

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (review by Andrew R. '17)

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: 5 of 5 stars

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch features a book-dealing angel named Aziraphale; his danger-loving demon acquaintance Crowley; and the eleven-year-old Adam Young, a resident of the town of Lower Tadfield who already commands his own gang. None of the three is what they seem. Aziraphale, the supposed epitome of good, has spent so much time with the human race that he may not actually be perfect, while Crowley, a servant of Satan, has embarrassingly picked up some positive qualities. Meanwhile, Adam, due to a mix-up at his birth, is the Antichrist, fated to bring about the ultimate destruction of the world. While Good Omens does contain commentary on the nature of good and evil, it does not read like a story with a moral, as each page is filled with humor and action. Occasional digressions from the main plotline, which often follow the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and a seventeenth-century witch, add a complex and thought-provoking element to the book. Any reader willing to tolerate some good-natured jokes concerning the Biblewill thoroughly enjoy this light novel with serious, philosophic themes. - Andrew R. '17

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1 comment:

  1. Cynthia H. '16May 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Surprisingly funny for its subject matter, Gaiman and Pratchett's fantasy novel Good Omens details the events leading up to the end of the world, which, by the way, happens to be next Saturday. Characters in the ensemble cast include bookish angel Aziraphale, reckless demon Crowley, occultist and witch Anathema Device, the four Bikers of the Apocalypse, and the eleven-year-old Antichrist. At first, the novel seems to tell several unrelated stories at once, but as the plot develops, all of the stories collide in outlandish and remarkable ways that somehow manage to remain believable in context. Featuring witty and sometimes bizarre British humor, complex characters ranging from endearing to intimidating, and a zany, thrilling plot, this fresh take on the Biblical apocalypse in Gaiman and Pratchett’s unique style is a book that readers will not be able to put down, even under threat of flaming sword.