Cue the soundtrack for this novel: "It's the end of the world as we know it...and I feel fine." Well, more than fine actually, because the more I read, the more I grin, and as I expected, the Gaiman/Pratchett combo is utterly irresistible. If only I could figure out why R.E.M keeps morphing into Queen...
This is a book about the apocalypse, told from the points of view of various characters, angelic, demonic, witch-ish (witchly?) and human. Central to the book is the unlikely alliance between Crowley (a.k.a. the original serpent) and Aziraphale (the angel of the flaming sword) - sure, they stand on opposite sides. But really, neither of them can think of any good reason why the world should come to an end. The antichrist has been born, it's true, but maybe with the right kind of upbringing, the catastrophe can be averted. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for them, there was a bit of a baby mix-up at the hospital...
Stephen Briggs, who narrates this audio book, is an unbelievable reader. I don't think I'll ever read a Pratchett novel to myself without Briggs' voice sounding in my head- and I certainly won't mind that one bit. With twists and turns, hilarious asides, and unforgettable characters, the book explores faith, fate, and the human spirit. Highly recommended.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman; narrated by Stephen Briggs (ISIS Audio Books, 2006)
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Bookshelves of Doom: "I think that Neil Gaiman really tempered Terry Pratchett's usually outrageousness, which was why I ended up liking it so much more than any of Pratchett's solo books. Together, they actually really, really reminded me of Douglas Adams."
Eclectic/Eccentric: "The writing is a fantastic mix of Pratchett and Gaiman, who themselves declare that they aren't sure who wrote what and are convinced that at some point the book started spontaneously producing its own text."
Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-holic: "The end of the world doesn't have to be all doom and gloom. It can be positively hilarious!"
The Written World: "It may seem about the Apocalypse, but there are many other things at play in the novel. I will not list them here, I will leave you to find them out for yourself because this is a book I STRONGLY RECOMMEND!!!!!"