Book Review: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

July 7, 2016 Audiobooks, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry PratchettGood Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Published by HarperTorch on November 28th 2006
Genres: Apocalyptic, Satire
Pages: 430
Source: Purchase
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According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .


My thoughts

As much as I have loved Terry Pratchett I have tried to read this multiple times with fail. I did get through it this time but it was still not my favorite.

What I did love is the style that is much like Douglas Adams. It reminded me quite a bit of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The sarcastic views of the characters really lent a lot to the plot. I found myself laughing many times at the banter.

Sadly, it still did not hit all of my spots. Something about it, maybe because I listened on audible, did not make me excited to read more. I did read this, yet again, at a time when I could not find anything to read. This is my fourth time trying and the fourth that I simply just wanted to get it done with.

I want to love Neil Gaiman, I already do love the writing of Terry Pratchett, but this did not win me over.

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 4 / 5
The Author


About Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry's latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.

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