Tuesday, 12 October 2004

Book Review: Good Omens (Pratchett & Gaiman)

Just as I stole the idea of a book blog from Daphne, I'm going to steal another idea from her. Hehe. This time, it's her 'mini-reviews' format, which she uses to post short, short reviews about books she's read. I think it's a really good idea, especially when you're reading books as slowly as I am right now and when you're short on ideas for posts. Hehe.

Anyway, I figured that since Daphne pretty much covers children's books more, I'd focus on fantasy novels instead, since I read them more. So, here goes the first review.


Mini Review:

Title: Good Omens

Author: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Where You Bought This Book: Kinokuniya, about a year back, and only read it a few months back.

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea... "

Main Characters:
1. Crowley- The slippery devil's minion who sticks his tongue out and hisses a lot. Played an apple-giving part in Eden-Gate.
2. Aziraphale - The goody-goody Angel from Heaven who is supposed to be Crowley's main rival but ends up having tea together more often than not.
3. The Antichrist - Supposed to have grown up in the diabolical surroundings of an American Embassy, but ends up in a god-forsaken rural British town called Tadsfield instead.
4. Newton Pulsifer - Witchfinder Extraordinaire-rily Hopeless
5) Anathema Device - Great granddaughter of Agnes Nutter, the only truly accurate prophet ever; who loses the book of prophecies.
6) The four riders of the Apocalypse - Note the word RIDERS instead of Horsemen. Let's just say these four are the REAL Hell's Angels.

What It's All About:
Devil's minion Crowley and heaven's angel Aziraphale, attempt to prevent the prophesised Armageddon. However, when the Antichrist is born, a mix up by an extraordinarily ditzy nurse ends up with him growing up in the rural environment of Tadsfield instead of the evil environment of the American Embassy.

What I like About It:
Hey, it's Pratchett, what's not to like? His brand of humor plus Neil Gaimon's warped ideas make for a great combination. Agnes Nutter and DEATH may seem as though they were lifted from a Discworld story, but it works. The book is hilarious, and the whole idea of an angel & demon working together to prevent the Apocalypse (so they can continue enjoying their sushi and beer for enternity) is a great excuse for these two warped minds to let loose.

What I Dislike About It:
There's nothing much to dislike about this book, except that Pratchett seems to rehash some of his jokes and characters from his Discworld books. Not much though. I also hated the fact that I FINISHED IT SO QUICKLY!

Other Books I've Read by the Same Author:
Although I have read almost every single book Terry Pratchett has dished out, sad to say I haven't read a single Gaiman. Any recommendations for a First Gaiman?

If you like this, try:
1. The Discworld series, by Terry Pratchett

Name of Reviewer: eyeris


Erna said...

Coraline. Very freaky for a kid's book.

You MUST have read the Sandman graphic novels, right?

eyeris said...

Er. No. But I will. Eventually.