Because all of life is stories.
The world is ending. Who are the two people you want most at your side?
If you said anyone other than Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman you’re wrong.
Just about 23 years ago the guy that flipping created Discworld and the guy that wrote American Gods, Coraline, Neverwhere and a host of other genuinely beautiful novels put their heads together to write a book about the end of the world.
It is catastrophically brilliant.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is a story about the world’s ending, as you may have gathered. But there are a few people who have become rather invested in keeping the world around, as you would imagine. Chief among these people are an angel named Raphale and a demon named Crowley who have become good friends since the days of Adam and Eve, and they’ve both been dreading returning to a desk job in Heaven and Hell respectively. What better thing to do then than steal the Anti-Christ! Of course, when they go looking for him they discover that he’s been sort of…misplaced. Not to worry though, the little child is growing up just fine elsewhere, and he’s slowly discovering that he has the power to make the world how he wants it. He doesn’t want to destroy the world really. He just wants it to not be quite so terrible.
Whenever more than one author has their hand in a piece it often leads people to wonder how their styles will mesh, or really if they will at all. It does help that both of these authors spend their time in the fairy tales and fables end of the pool. Gaiman tends to spend more time on the creepy side of the fairy tale line. His stories often involve elements of the bizarre and creepy, the feeling that something is hiding underneath the world, or in the corner of your eye, something is there that is just…off. Pratchett on the other hand tends to fall closer to the camp that Douglas Adams spends most of his time in, the fantastic and odd, the funny. In order to write Good Omens they would both have to toe a little bit over the lines and into each other’s territory. So the question is, do they pull it off?
As a matter of fact, they dance over the lines. And they do it in style.
Good Omens manages to capture the best of both worlds displaying equal measures of the hilarious and goofy of Terry Pratchett, and the ominous otherworldliness of Neil Gaiman. It is a match made in heaven, from two of the premier writers not only of their genre but of any kind.
If you’re looking for a good read, don’t mind satirized religion, and want to be introduced to two excellent authors in the same read, Good Omens is the book for you.