Review: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

I couldn’t decide on a cover, lol.

  • Title: Good Omens; The Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
  • Authors: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Publisher: Ace, 1990
  • Pages: 354
  • ISBN: 0441008615

Dude… I am not having good luck with Neil Gaiman.
 
So, I’m taking part in Jenn’s Gaiman Challenge this year, because he’s one of those authors that I feel like I should really like. He’s really popular, especially among other fantasy authors, so of course he’s got to be awesome, right? I tried American Gods a few years ago and DNF-ed it, but I’m giving Gaiman another chance via this challenge.
 
So, I wanted to DNF Good Omens too. I was so excited to read it because (just like American Gods), the premise sounded SO GOOD. The end of the world is coming up, but the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley have been on Earth pretty much since it began, and they’ve grown rather fond of it. They decide to keep a close eye on the Anti-Christ, to see that he doesn’t grow up too evil and bring about the end of everything. They seem to have lost him, however. Also, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are coming together, and there’s witchhunters running around, and a weird witch with an extremely accurate Book of Prophecies, and… yeah.
 
I have a feeling that I would have liked this book much, much better if it had focused solely on Aziraphale and Crowley. They were definitely the most interesting characters of the book, and I actually kind of liked them. However they barely account for half of the book – the rest is split among the Horsemen, the Anti-Christ child and his friends, Anathema the witch, the witch-hunters, etc… Gaiman and Pratchett put so many characters and storylines into this book that it was kind of boring, and I developed no real attachment to any of the characters. And while there was a little humor and I enjoyed the footnotes at the bottom of the pages, it really wasn’t enough to keep me engaged.
 
In all honesty, if I hadn’t been reading this for a challenge, and because I know how much Jenn loves it, I would have quit about 100 pages in.
 
The only thing that makes me feel a little better is that I went online upon finishing and read some more about the book, and apparently Pratchett wrote the majority of the book. I mean, they wrote it together and whatnot but he spent more time on it than Gaiman. Which makes me still optimistic about trying a different Gaiman book… Perhaps Stardust or The Graveyard Book next. I WILL find one I like, dammit!
 
Sarah Says: 2 stars

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5 comments

  1. I have been wanting to read Gaiman’s novels for a while. I just have to be in the “mood.” I’m really sad that you didn’t like this one as much as you wanted to. I will check it out anyways because the humor appeals to me. 🙂

    Thank you for such an honest review.

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  2. I have this same problem with Matthew Pearl. All of his books have incredible premises (a book where Longfellow has to solve a series of murders echoing scenes in Dante’s Inferno practically screams awesome!) but I’ve completely given up on him. In my mind, he should be my favorite author. However, when it comes to his books, I honestly cannot get through them. With one of his books it took me a year just to make it to page 100 before I finally quit.

    As for Aziraphale & Crowley, I would love to see a book just about them! 🙂 It’s pretty cute: every year, their list of New Years resolutions (written by Mr. Pratchett!) is posted. There’s even an entire perfume line for GO!

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    1. Wow, they really took the G.O. thing and ran with it!

      It’s always really disappointing when you feel like you should like an author so much, and it doesn’t seem to be panning out. I’m going to Gaiman a couple more chances though 🙂 and hopefully I like at least 1!

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  3. Oh Sarah. I am sorry that you’re not having much luck with Neil Gaiman. I hope that you find one you like. 🙂 I do think everyone has an author like that though. I can’t get into Debbie Macomber’s works to save my life.

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