Saturday, October 29, 2011

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Genre:  Comedy

Description (taken from Terry Pratchett's and Neil Gaiman's websites - they both have the same description):
There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world's last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. . . . Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.

Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon -- each of whom has lived among Earth's mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle -- are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he's a really nice kid). There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him. . . .

When I read the description, I thought this book was going to be full of witty, humanistic comebacks.  But it wasn't.  There were definitely some pages that made me laugh, but the majority of the time I was wondering how on earth what I was reading had to do with the story...

It very well could be that I am religious and come from a religious background, but I truly did try to keep an open mind.  It's just when I have to continuously read about how being so good can make you truly evil or vice versa (meaning good and evil are actually equivalent), then I kind of have issues with it.  This book was meant to be a joke and make fun of Armageddon, but it wasn't really funny (maybe I'm just too serious or not English enough).

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