Disclaimer: I love this book.
Good Omens is a novel written together by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It is a comedic tale about the end of the world. Sounds odd, but then, from master writers Pratchett and Gaiman, it could only be good.
The story begins with tracing the birth of the Antichrist, an amusing chapter involving Babies 1, 2, and 3, and quite possibly mistaken identities. Attempting to intervene, as they’ve gotten quite used to the way things are, are casual allies and friends in all but name: Crowley, “a demon who did not so much fall as saunter vaguely downwards”, and Aziraphale, a book-collecting angel. Unfortunately, the boy they both think is the Antichrist was actually the victim of an absurd baby-switching accident.
The supporting cast includes Agnes Nutter, witch, who is famous for writing the only completely accurate book of prophecies the world has ever seen. She’s more of an influence on events 400 years after her death, as her descendent, Anathema Device, works with Newton Pulsifer, a Witchfinder Private, to find the Antichrist before the End of Days can begin. Also prominent are the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse (with Pollution replacing Pestilence, who retired in 1936 after the discovery of penicillin), and Adam Young, the real Antichrist who has grown up without any angelic or demonic influences at all.
I highly recommend this book. There’s drama and a clever, fast-paced plot, mixed with many hilarious moments. It’s a rare book that makes me laugh out loud, rather than just smiling, but there are multiple moments of laugh-out-loud funny. Best of all, there’s a radio play adaption coming soon, for which I have high expectations.
This book is perfectly paced, well-balanced, hilarious, clever, and, a rarity for a book, is one that could have an overall longer length and could only be better. My only regret is that sometimes the authors spend a bit too much time on the less interesting characters, making Good Omens fall just short of a perfect rating.
Chocolate recommendation: Lindor Truffles, Milk Chocolate.
The smooth creaminess is perfectly matched to the wit and sheer beauty of the writing, and the richness is one to savor, just like this book.