Author: Terry Pratchett, Niel Gaiman
Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Quote: “If you stopped tellin’ people it’s all sorted out after they’re dead, they might try sorting it all out while they’re alive.”
Setting: Britain, England, London, Contemporary
Premise: The apocalypse is nigh, the antichrist has been born. His name is Adam, he has a dog called Dog, three best friends, and it’s a glorious summer to be a boy in Lower Tadfield. Meanwhile, an Angel and a Demon have agreed that whilst they know the apocalypse should probably happen at some point, they don’t think it should be quite yet.
Good Omens is a modern classic of Sir Terry Pratchett and Niel Gaiman’s pure wit. If there is a book that is simply a gift to the world, this is it. If the idea of an Angle and Demon teaming up to stop the apocalypse isn’t funny enough, then add in a hopeless witchfinder who wants to work in IT but breaks everything he touches, a witch’s descendent whose entire life (including the embarrassing bits) have been written down in the family heirloom book, and an antichrist who just wants to play with his friends in the woods.
The characters are vibrantly alive, Crowly and Aziraphale are both so uniquely flawed yet brilliant that you can’t help falling into the story and laughing out loud as you go. The plot twists and turns as good beats Good and evil beat Evil with observations and witticisms on life that open your eyes to the real world around you (and make you snort out the tea you were drinking whilst you were reading).
The theme focuses on good and evil – mainly what is good and evil. Crowley is meant to be evil, Aziraphale is meant to be good but, well, good and evil are complicated and you can argue that anything is good or evil really. The entire story investigates that moral greyness in society’s view on what is good and what is evil and concludes that both are a matter a perspective.
I first found this book as a child and have re-read it many times since. The recent adaptation onto Netflix is wonderful but even if you have watched that I highly recommend reading the book just because the authors’ storytelling voices are so unique it will make you laugh out loud all over again. This is one of my favourite books in the world, I hope you love it too. Happy Book Hunting!
You’ve heard enough about how much I like this book, but is this book you’re hunting for?
- Do you love a fresh twist on a cliché plot line?
- Are you in the mood for to laugh out loud?
- Do you want a book which makes you feel good about the world we live in?
If you answered yes, yES, YES! Then this might well be your next favourite read!