Good Omens

If you feel like you need a hearty chuckle after this past week, maybe you should think about looking into Good Omens. The result of a collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the 1990 novel presents us with the "Nice [meaning exact] and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch". With a subtitle like that, how can you go wrong?

While the book has been around for literally my entire life (technically longer, if you count how long it took them to write it), I've never gotten around to reading it until now. Something I didn't realize: it's FUNNY. You wouldn't expect a story about the end of the world to make you chortle,  but I literally laughed out loud a couple of times. Sure, there's the odd joke that goes over my head, but that's mostly because I wasn't alive in the UK in the mid-eighties, so I lack some context. 

It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.

The Crowley and/or Aziraphale parts were the highlights for me. I like their relationship, how they just sort of accept the other's position and role in the impending Armageddon, and they were, arguably, the most interesting characters. Even though the Four Horsemen were pretty awesome in their own ways. 

Adam was also unique for reasons that I can't go into with spoiling the plot, and I felt like his dialogue was realistic - he sounded like the precocious eleven year old that he was. 

You grow up readin’ about pirates and cowboys and spacemen and stuff, and jus’ when you think the world’s full of amazin’ things, they tell you it’s really all dead whales and chopped-down forests and nucular waste hangin’ about for millions of years. ‘Snot worth growin’ up for, if you ask my opinion.
— Adam

Humourous and occasionally profound, with fantastic writing, I loved it. There were parts that dragged a little, particularly near the end when I was (as horrible as it sounds) waiting for the world to be wiped out, but it was still a neat little production with a great premise.  As a Neil Gaiman fan, I, of course, loved it; I'd say it would be a good transitional piece between his "children's" books and his "adult" fare (for example, I'd say read this before tackling American Gods). I've never read a Terry Pratchett novel before (RIP), but after finishing Good Omens, colour me intrigued. I'll have to get started on the Discworld novels at some point.