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Saturday, March 18, 2006

There's No "I" In Apocalypse

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

It's important to bear in mind that bringing the son of Satan to earth in human form in order to launch a war between heaven and hell and wipe out the human race is very much a team effort. It takes a convent of Satanic nuns, angels, demons, and the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse (War, Famine, Death, and Pollution... when penicillin was discovered, Pestilence threw up his hands and quit in a huff).

At the same time, trying to stop the Apocalypse are an angel and a demon stationed on earth who have, over the years, become rather good buddies, a band of small children, a witch-finder, a witch, and a handy little book of nice and accurate prophecies written by one Agnes Nutter, an exceptionally batty Dark Ages prophetess.

In addition to being a ripping good yarn, and gut-bustingly funny besides, this book makes me wish that Neil Gaiman had written about twenty more novels that I could run out and buy right now, and makes me glad that Terry Pratchett has.

If you liked...: Douglas Adams, the funny bits of Tom Robbins books, or Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and other works of fiction that aren't afraid to take a detour by way of the footnote, this book is for you.

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