Genre: fantasy parody
Why this book?
I have been a huge Terry Pratchett fan since I was in high school and was recommended to read some by a friend of mine with similar interests. Terry Pratchett is a renowned fantasy author and his Discworld series of books are each uniquely brilliant and collectively genius. His work is hilariously funny and extremely clever. I was recommended to read Good Omens by the same friend.
What’s it about?
The day of judgement approaches and all the traditional biblical events must come to pass: birth of the antichrist, ride of the 4 horsemen, the plagues, etc. But imagine that instead of the Antichrist being born into a family of Satanists with all that entails, that there was a mixup at the hospital and that he was instead taken home by a sensible family from small town England. Mix in with this an angel and a demon that have been around humans for two millennia too long, a psychic and her live-in tenant who is the last remaining officer in Oliver Cromwell’s witchhunter army, a witch from a long line of witches, the 3 best friends that a boy could have and a hellhound named Dog and you have a fantastic story.
Who would like this book?
Anyone who likes fantasy but is a little over the standard “prince who was lost at birth and he must come into his heritage if he is to save the world” book.
Thanks for your recommendation, Mr Collidge. We look forward to more reviews in the near future.
Here’s a video of Neil Gaiman talking about Good Omens. Click here to watch.