Overview (No Spoilers):
Despite hearing about Good Omens for years I had yet to find the time yet to pick up this much loved novel. I quickly remedied this situation upon reading the winner of Mark Lawrence’s 8th Self Published Fantasy Blog Off, Olivia Atwater’s Small Miracles which is heavily inspired by Good Omens. That said, if you love Good Omens, you need to read Small Miracles! Cementing my decision to move Good Omens up my TBR list, was when several friends all started raving about the TV show on Amazon. Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued.
Written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett when both were starting out as writers, Good Omens is an interesting take on heaven and hell, with earth being caught in the middle. When events are set into motion to start the long prophesied Armageddon, at what lengths will an Angel and Demon go to save humanity by undermining their individual team’s directives?
The writing is fabulous in Good Omens with a light and witty prose that cleverly intertwines biblical and historical events, along with familiar settings into a unique literary world. The characters are seriously so much fun, from Crowley’s interactions with more traditional demons, to the debates Adam Young would have with his friends, Pepper, Wensleydale and Brian about how the world works and the implications these conversations would have on the wider world. Plus, who wouldn’t want to peruse Aziraphale’s bookstore. Some of my favorite parts of Good Omens are Aziraphale and Crowley’s conversations with their respective bureaucracies. It took me a surprising amount of time to figure out that War, Famine, Pollution, and Death were the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Once those pieces slid into place I still find myself pondering the implications these four characters would have had throughout history. There are just so many clever twists and turns planted by Gaiman and Pratchett that deceptively elevated this light novel from a depth perspective to one that satisfies on an analytical level.
Overall, I simply loved every aspect of this delightfully detailed attempt to undermine the apocalypse with every stutter and stumble along the way.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- I can’t believe Anathema and Newton burned the Anges Nutter’s second book. Did she see that coming? Is there another copy around? Also, I loved the details of Agatha’s predictions about who would open the book and when.
- Will Newton finally find a career that agrees with him?
- What will Adam’s life be like now? Will he remember? Will Satan seek revenge?
- What will be the next steps for heaven and hell?
- It was so painful when Aziraphale’s bookstore burned.