I’ve read multiple books by Neil Gaiman in the past (American Gods, Anansi Boys, Neverworld…) and always loved his dark, yet playful style. This was one of my recent finds in the audio book section of our local library, so I decided to give it a shot.
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
Good Omens takes place on the eve of the Apocalypse, the war between good and evil just beyond the horizon and humanity is lost in the middle of it all. Gaiman and Pratchett paint an intriguing picture of the destruction and confusion we can expect as the end of the world draws near including plenty of War, Famine, Pollution, and Death (which all happen to be anthropomorphically depicted as members of a motorcycle gang).
Despite the somewhat serious implication of “the end of civilization as we know it”, this book is hilarious! Gaiman’s dry humor bleeds through the dark plot line to make this a surprisingly light, fun read (despite the telemarketers being eaten alive by demons).
One of my favorite aspects of this book is the display of camaraderie and friendship between a demon and angel, two unlikely allies in their quest to interrupt the Rapture and save humanity. Its a great reminder that not everything is black and white, good and evil, and that their is a little piece of heaven and hell in each of us.
I give this book five out of five stars and high recommendations for anyone looking for an intelligent and fun read.