Guess who’s been caught reading – Mr Collidge

Mr Collidge has read and enjoyed Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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.

The authors’ websites are worth checking out. Here’s Terry’s and here’s Neil’s.

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4 thoughts on “Guess who’s been caught reading – Mr Collidge

  1. I particularly love the interplay between and humanisation of Crowley and Aziraphale. That a demon happens to keep a vial of holy water around just in case amused me greatly!

  2. This is one of my all time favourite books. I have read a number of Neil Gaiman novels and a few Terry Pratchett’s and this collaboration is fantastic. It was recommended to me through a book club I joined whilst living in the UK last year and it will forever remind me of that time. The way the author’s suggest that the M25 (one of the most congested motorways in England that circles London) is the work of the devil, still makes me laugh!

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