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Overcoming omens

I recently finished Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman. I was initially reluctant to start this book - the idea that it would be like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was too much for me. I didn’t really enjoy the series of Adams’ works - they were too bizarre and disconnected for me to grab stong hold of a plot and run with it. (There you have it, my one big failure as a geek. I don’t get Adams.) However, my love of the works of Gaiman and desperation for a new book finally drove me to read it. Frankly, I’m glad I did. In fact, I may check out more of the works of Pratchett as a result.

The humour in the book is evident from the point at which a demon and angel are consulting as to which of them did the right thing with Adam and Eve. The story is completely irreverent, but takes a turn to the philosophical toward then end. Somehow, the bit of philosophy didn’t drown out the tale or its ability to make me laugh out loud. In fact, watching the demon develop the telemarketing industry was rather enlightening.

The plot takes science fiction/fantasy and sets the whole genre on its ear. I wish there were more stories like this one, it could care less about fitting inside a box and told a good tale.

Originally published at my blog. You can comment here or there.


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