Monday, July 09, 2007

Good Omens; Pratchett & Gaiman

I'm finally reading!! YAY~ This book is hilarious and yet manages to sneak in a serious thought or two. Good Omens reminded me of Piers Anthony's work, in the sense that there are lots of puns & cultural references. Similarities end there though. FYI, I've not read Terry Pratchett's books so I missed any and all references they may have made to his work. I think I need to borrow a few of his books from the library, though. I love satire. Plus my lovely Sister reccommended him to me ages ago. For some reason I can't get the link field in the title to work so here is a link to Terry Pratchett's page about Good Omens.

Good Omens is satire disguised as a comedy of errors. What happens if the antichrist is born, but is then 'misplaced' into a normal family? What happens when two angels, one fallen and one of the heavenly host, become friends after millennia on earth? Is it possible to be so far on opposite ends of the spectrum to be able to turn around and find your opponent metaphorically and ideologically standing beside you? Ultimately- can the Armageddon be stopped once it has begun?

Much much lighter in tone and content than it sounds, I promise you. A couple of budding romances thrown in for good measure. An excellent beach read. Highly recommended.


EvilAuntiePeril said...

So cool you're reading this and like it. This book has the honour of being one of the very few books I've ever read that has reduced me to incoherent spasms of laughter on public transport.

Which meant that the crazylady got a seat too.

Marta said...

I love this novel and think of it in the same category as Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair and Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog.

It's very funny, smart, and I'm surprised that more fans of oddball fiction don't know about it. I'm generally not a fan of collaborative novels, but I thought Prachett's absurd humor leavened Neil Gaiman's darker tendencies.

Mailyn said...

I've been meaning to read this. I loved Stardust!

Bookwormom said...

EAP- I regret it has taken me so long to read Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman. Their work is wonderful. At least it gives me plenty of backlist to look for, though.

Marta- I agree Neil Gaiman can be quite dark & Terry Pratchett was a good foil for him. I have two of Jasper Fforde's books, but haven't read them yet.

Mailyn- I can't find a copy of Stardust I think I'm going to try and order it from our interlibrary loan system& see what happens.