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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Review by SS

Crowley is an agent of the Devil, and Aziraphale is an agent of God. Together they live on Earth, trying (and succeeding dubiously) to make the world a better/more evil place. But finally, the Antichrist has been born (but misplaced), and Armageddon is going to take place, ending the world as we know it forever.

Unfortunately, Crowley and Aziraphale have decided that they quite like the world as it is, and that it might be better if neither side (Heaven or Hell) won.

The characters are enjoyable (especially Crowley!) and if you've read any Pratchett before, there are a couple of recurring jokes. However, it's not a requirement, and I think anyone with a slightly twisted sense of humour, who will not be offended at some digs at the Christian religion, will really enjoy this book.

Good Omens is very funny, Pratchett style, and also very pointed in places, Gaiman style. I think this book combines the best of Pratchett and Gaiman. If you liked American Gods or didn't know quite what to think of it, Good Omens might be a lighter alternative, and is definitely worth a read! In fact, it's worth more than one read, and I intend to buy a copy for my own.

5 out of 5 amulets.

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