Alyce from At Home With Books features one of her favorite reads each Thursday and this week my pick is…
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
From the back cover: According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing. Atlantis in rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon — both of whom have lived among Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle — are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…
This was one of the funniest books I’ve read. Not a chuckle here and there, I mean laugh out loud while reading kind of book. My husband read it after I did just to see what I found so funny. He found it funny too even though I don’t remember him laughing out loud as much as I did but I like silly jokes better than he does. I don’t want to give the impression that the book is filled with silly one-off jokes. It’s not. It’s the situations and the characters that make this one so much fun. Without giving too much away because I will if I keep writing, I’ll say this — one day if you’re looking for something amusing, something that will be a great read, and something that you’ll remember, pick this one up.
I’ve read and have several Neil Gaiman books on my shelf that are keepers but this was the first I’ve read of Terry Pratchett. I think it might be time to pick up a book or two of his.
4 thoughts on “My Favorite Reads – Good Omens”
I’ll be interested to see what you think of Terry Pratchett. I love Neil Gaiman and have mixed (but on the negative side) feelings about Terry Pratchett, so historically when I read Good Omens, I ascribe all the good jokes to Neil Gaiman. :p
Oh, this one does sound hilarious! Love a good laugh-riot as often as possible.
Sorry…mine isn’t even a little bit funny, but I hope you’ll check it out anyway:
The gag about the French and the Burger Lord salesman makes me laugh out loud every time. I love this book, too!
I have never heard either of these authors’ writing described as hilarious, so this must be a unique book indeed!