Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Review: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The fact that I laughed out loud while reading this book practically every 10 pages speaks volumes of praise and recommendation. I have never laughed out loud at a book ever. I thought it was because I was immune to written jokes, but the real reason was because no author I've ever read has a comedic value that could compare to this pair's. Good Omens is so creatively written in a way I can't and don't want to explain. You have to read it for yourself--even a couple pages is enough, if you're not a book reader. Maybe you will be once you get into this one.

Title: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Authors: Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
Genre: Fantasy, comedy

Summary: Armageddon is nigh in a hilarious fashion, featuring a righteous angel and an Earth-loving demon who lost the Antichrist and a pair of humans trying to figure out how to stop the holy war before it begins.

Rating: 10/10
Would recommend to those who like: Implied humor, sarcasm, references upon references to other outside works, supernatural fantasy, the show Supernatural

Favorite Moments & Quotes*
*No spoilers!

1. “It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.”

2. "It's Tchaikovsky's 'Another One Bites the Dust'," said Crowley, closing his eyes as they went through Slough. To while away the time as they crossed the sleeping Chilterns, they also listened to William Byrd's "We Are the Champions" and Beethoven's "I Want To Break Free." Neither were as good as Vaughan Williams's "Fat-Bottomed Girls."

3. "And on the other hand, you got people [demons] like Ligur and Hastur, who took such a dark delight in unpleasantness you might even have mistaken them for human."

4. "The color that flashes in bursts behind your eyes, behind the pain, just before you die, is infra-black."

5. "Crowley had been extremely impressed with the warranties offered by the computer industry, and had in fact sent a bundle Below to the department that drew up the Immortal Soul agreements, with a yellow memo form attached just saying: 'Learn, guys.'"

6."...Every couple months Crowley would pick out a plant that was growing too slowly, or succumbing to leaf-wilt or browning, or just didn't look quite as good as the others, and he would carry it around to all the other plants. 'Say goodbye to your friend,' he'd say to them. 'He just couldn't cut it...' ...The plants were the most luxurious, verdant, and beautiful in London. Also the most terrified."

7. "'I don't see why it's taken thousands of years to sort out.' 'That's because the people trying to sort it out were men,' said Pepper, meaningfully."


  1. this definitely has piqued my interest! putting it on my list to read :)

  2. Really nice review. :)

  3. My sister used to read Terry's books ;) . She always say : you should read they all :D Maybe I should... The review is so lovely! <3

    1. Oh I bet you'd love them! He's so quirky and other-worldly--literally!

  4. I love the idea of giving a review with favourite moments and quotes :)

    1. I didn't plan on it at first with this book, but I found myself earmarking pages and sticking little notes in when I read something that made me think or smile!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on my book reviews! I appreciate it. "Stargirl" is definitely one of my favorite books of all time. It's so moving and emotional and, like you said, I sometimes wonder how she would respond to a certain situation, or how she would show her kindness.

    As for "Good Omens?" I read it several years ago and ... I have to say, I didn't enjoy it. In simple terms, I'm really not much of a Gaiman and Pratchett fan. (I disliked "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" just as much.) I'm still glad I read it, though; it was an interesting read!

    1. Was it because of the genre? Because I definitely think one has to have a broad taste for fantasy when it comes to both Gaiman and Pratchett. Or did you not enjoy the writing style either? Personally, I found it strange that I enjoyed it so much! I'm not one to read comedy and I'm not a fan of end-of-the-world themes. I don't even think I adored the plot or anything so much as the writing, and I think I need to just find myself a different book by each author to read instead!

  6. This is definitely on my to-read list! I hope you do more book reviews in the future!


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