If you need a vacation, “Good Omens,” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, will take you away from wherever you are right now!
The ultimate vacation? Armageddon! And the end of the world has never been so righteously fun! It’s happening all in accordance with the divine plan, with the armies of good and evil readying for the final battle … except for one demon and one angel (mortal enemies, of course).
Heaven and Hell had left the whole Earth business in the hands of these two caretakers: Crowley, the demon (who drives a handsome 1926 Bentley) and Aziraphale, the angel (who doubles as a rare-book dealer … BTW that makes him awesome according to these two book sellers!). These two caretakers have actually been quite comfortable with their jobs, overlooking their charges on Earth since its creation, and aren’t too keen on the idea of losing their cushy positions, so they decide to join forces to save humanity.
Good Omens is a hysterically funny book that is intelligent and lampoons everything, from Elvis sightings to televangelists to the destruction of all intelligent life (and who does that leave?).
Good Omens is the only time these two best-selling internationally renowned authors co-wrote a book together. And what a treat! Terry Pratchett’s satirical zaniness combined with Neil Gaiman’s morbid sense of humor provides a wonderful tale with a scathing wit that hits all the right spots! The plot is quick, with well written laugh-out-loud humor, a bounty of esoteric and well-known religious references, all tied together in a grandiose apocalyptic entertaining romp.
Good Omens is timeless fun, and is a book that keeps getting better after each reading. It has continued to be one of our favorite recommendations that never disappoints! We look forward to you telling us how you enjoyed this book!
Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.