Title: Good Omens
Author: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Page Count/Review Word Count: 384
It’s always seemed unnatural to me for two authors to work on the same book – writing is such a solitary activity, that the mind boggles at how they actually managed to do it. But that only applies to lesser mortals, and I can see how Pratchett and Gaiman might be able to come up with something – they’re on the same wavelength, they have the same sense of humour, and they’re both absolute badasses.
The premise behind Good Omens is that the world is prophesised to end next Saturday, just after tea, and it’s a sort of sinister tour de force in dark humour. It’s amazing how the two men can make you laugh so much when everything that you know and love is about to come to an end!
Still, if I’m totally honest, I didn’t enjoy this as much as I’d typically enjoy either a Pratchett or a Gaiman novel, and I can’t quite put my finger on why that is. It’s not that it isn’t a great book, because it made me laugh a lot and the story line was decent enough – I just didn’t particularly look forward to picking it back up again every time I had a break from it.
But even with that said, I do think that if you’re a fan of either writer than it’s definitely worth taking a look at, and if you’re a fan of both of them then it’s surely essential, and you’re a fool if you’re yet to read it. For me, it was the sort of book that I’d only read once, but it was pleasant enough.
I don’t have much else to say about it, so I’m going to leave you with some of the reviews from the back – my personal favourite is the one from The Times, which simply reads, “Not quite as sinister as the authors’ photo.” Time Out described it as “wickedly funny”, and Fear said, “Hilarious Pratchett magic tempered by Neil Gaiman’s dark steely style; who could ask for a better combination?”
Now we’re going all meta, because my review is quoting reviews. I’d better go and read something else – I’ll catch you later.