Good Omens

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
good omens book cover

Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, 1990

Kindle edition 2011 William Morrow (note alternate covers)

I need to qualify this review: I am not a Gaiman or Pratchett expert.  My intent is always to introduce readers to new material, so I’m providing my first impressions as someone with no prior knowledge of the authors.

This is the story of the end of the world, sort of, as foretold in The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (which is the subtitle of the book).  Baby swaps, witches, witchfinders, angels, demons, four horsemen, thunder, lightning, Queen, a scruffy dog, and a gang of eleven-year-olds populate its pages.

I could see where G and/or P fans might eat this book up, and it is a cult classic – but the beginning of the book is inflated with mostly inane (but funny) humor. I kept reading because I was committed to doing so, but I wouldn’t have regretted stopping at the 20% mark.

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