Rating – 5 out of 5
In Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Angels and Demons run the world pushing humans toward their better natures or evil desires. As a demon Crowley has had an unconventional friendship with Aziraphale for thousands of years. With the forces of evil sending down the antichrist things become complicated. Coming to the big screen (ok, Amazon Prime 🙂 ) on May 31st, this adventure might spell the end of the world as we know it.
“DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.” ― Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Good Omens
Why I liked Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett plays with biblical themes with a sense of humor that is unparalleled. With English sensibilities (it reminds me of Jasper Fforde’s work) and a deep understanding of what is predicted of the end times, Good Omens is a wild ride to the end. Be warned, if you take the bible seriously this might not be the story for you. In fact, Gaiman’s work might not be for you, as most of it is heresy with a smile.
This book is character-driven more than plot-driven. I am in love with the characters of Aziraphale and Crowley as well as all the background characters. Even the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse were engaging and amazing characters. Gaiman and Pratchett know how to create 3-dimensional characters who feel real even when they are characterizations of biblical prophecy. I would love to see more with the characters of Aziraphale and Crowley which is why I am so excited for the Amazon Prime show premiering on May 31st, 2019.
I attended a launch party for the Amazon Prime show at SXSW last month. It was a great party with a ton of activities (and puppies!) plus odd delights as you can see in the video.
P.S. The friendship between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett was quite something. Pratchett, unfortunately, passed away in 2015, but Gaiman has been working on the TV series in his honor. If you want to hear more about their friendship I highly recommend Gaiman’s interview on the Tim Ferriss show.
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