Okay, I loves me some Neil Gaiman, and everyone tells me that I will also love Terry Pratchett. And I did enjoy this book, but I guess I just didn’t think it was quite as LOLworthy as other people did.
Good Omens outlines the fulfillment of a Doomsday prophecy made by Agnes Nutter, a witch. The prophecy is mainly revealed to the reader in bits and pieces by the characters, who are themselves trying to make heads or tails of it.
The cast of characters in colorful and quite charming. Aziraphale, the angel whose job it was to guard the gate to Eden with a flaming sword, and Crowley, formerly known as Crawly, the demon who tricked Eve into biting into the forbidden fruit, have both grown rather attached to mankind and have even grown an unspoken liking for each other.
Adam Young, the Antichrist who was switched at birth, and his hellhound, Dog, are blissfully unaware of Adam’s powers until the Apocalypse draws near.
Anathema Device, a descendant of Agnes Nutter herself, is the latest in a long line of descendants trying to decipher Agnes’ accurate but somewhat trivial prophecies.
Newton Pulsifer, a descendant of the man who led Agnes’ burning at the stake, is a witch-finder who winds up being attracted to Anathema.
Then, there are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, represented in this book as a biker gang.
I enjoyed reading it, and found the story quite clever and charming, but it just didn’t really stick with me. Maybe it’s because it was rather sacrilicious, and I happen to believe that the end of the world will be far less charming than this book portrays it. I know it’s just fiction, but in the same way that some people will never be able to laugh at a Holocaust comedy because they can’t laugh at something so terrible that really happened, I can’t really laugh at an end-times comedy because I can’t laugh at something so terrible that I believe is going to happen.
If you don’t believe a word of the Book of Revelation, you’ll probably enjoy Good Omens. I mean, I believe Revelation, and I still enjoyed parts of it and found it to be well-written. But it does make me pray harder for the people I know who don’t believe that the Bible is true.