My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ever since I read American Gods last year, I haven’t been able to get enough Neil Gaiman in my life. Seriously, I just love the way he writes. He seems to have this sense of whimsy, combined with a good deal of wit, that I’ve never encountered elsewhere.
So eventually, I made my way to Good Omens, partially due to the fact that I had read most of Gaiman’s solo novels, partially because it was a Sword and Laser pick, and partially because it was co-authored by Terry Pratchett, a novelist that I had heard a lot about, but hadn’t actually read.
Good Omens was a fun book, but it won’t go down as my favorite work from Gaiman. Still, it was pretty entertaining and certainly good enough that I’m interested in checking out more of Pratchett’s work.
I definitely enjoyed the amusing anecdotes and witty banter that were constants throughout the novel. I also found the portrayals of the two protagonists, Crowley and Aziraphale, both angels, to be interesting and well-executed.
I should also mention that, as I’ve been apt to do lately, I listened to the audio version of the book and Martin Jarvis’ narration was absolutely fantastic.
If you like Gaiman or Pratchett’s work, checking out Good Omen’s is a no-brainer. Even if you haven’t and you’re looking for some witty, lighthearted, and decidedly British fantasy, this one’s for you!