Now, two of my favorite authors are Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, so when they wrote a book together, there was no way I wasn’t buying it. Especially when the title was Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.
This book is dangerous. It makes you laugh out loud on public transit. You force friends and family members to read it. You quote it. I’m sure that somewhere, there’s not just a cult following of this book, but an actual cult.
Those who are familiar with Terry Pratchett know that his satire is endlessly on target, always hilarious, and full of truly bad puns (which I love). Neil Gaiman is truly talented at turning the supernatural and fantastic into something you can easily imagine, characters you would recognize on the street. Together, they have used their powers to neatly skewer the various apocalyptic scenarios that feature the progeny of Satan.
It’s really difficult to describe why this book is so amazing without giving too much away. The four horsemen are in it. There are Tibetan monks coming up in people’s gardens like groundhogs. Atlantis rises. There are prophecies. There are angels and demons (neither of whom have much conviction about their jobs, but quite like humans).
I take no responsibility for anyone who becomes a Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman addict because of this book. I will not be held liable by family members who have it quoted at them regularly. I will, however, happily take full credit if you love it.
Read this book. Now.
And if possible, get the American version, because it has extra content.