“A collaboration between two of the greatest fantasy authors of our time.”

NO MAJOR SPOILERS

With such a magnificent author pedigree, you would expect Good Omens to be pretty spectacular – and it does not disappoint.  A firmly tongue in cheek re-telling of “The Omen”, this is funny and dark in equal measure.

I had previously thought that the darker edge running through this novel was down to Gaiman. However, Gaiman’s comments in 2014 about the late, great Sir Terry being anything but a twinkly old elf, and rage being the motor behind his writing, makes me think that maybe Gaiman just brought something else out in Terry’s writing – or maybe it was the collaboration itself which brought this magical alchemy out.  Whatever.  It works for them.

This is a classy piece of writing very much aimed at adults, and laugh out loud funny; even when you really think you shouldn’t be doing so.

It has some brilliant observations to make about the nature of humanity, pride, evil and, of course, religion.  I want to give you some examples of these – but that will just spoil it for you and frankly, it’s much better to read them as they were written than to get my half-arsed rendition of them.

I may be biased but I can’t imagine anyone not liking this book and I’m only sorry that there were no more Pratchett/Gaiman collaborations.  This is one of my all-time favourite re-reads.

 

Reviewed by:

Debbie McCarthy

Added 9th May 2015

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