Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SnarkNotes: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

SnarkNotes: noun. The sort of review Susie does for books that wouldn't mesh with her usual review format. Graphic novels, nonfiction, fiction she's read before, and fiction she simply doesn't have much to say about all fall under the SnarkNotes category. SnarkNotes are usually brief and snide in nature.

Today's SnarkNotes topic is... Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett!



GENRE

  • fantasy
  • comedy
  • Bible fanfiction???


SUMMARY

  • How to Completely Fuck Up the Apocalypse Without Really Trying, a novel by Sister Mary Loquacious
  • How to NOT Find the Antichrist, Despite Really Trying, a novel by Crowley and Aziraphale
  • a demon. an angel. they stop Apocalypses. or try to.
  • emphasis on "try."
  • baby switching madness leads to the Antichrist getting misplaced
  • "HOW DO YOU LOSE THE ANTICHRIST?!" "You forget to cherish him..."
  • meanwhile, a practical occultist and a witchhunter cross paths as the occultist prepares for Armageddon, which she knows about thanks to her bitchy ancestor's book of prophecies
  • meanwhile meanwhile, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse prepare for Armageddon, because they are massive pricks
  • (except Death, who's mostly okay)
  • meanwhile meanwhile meanwhile, four children raise hell in their small town, and one of them happens to be the Antichrist. who everyone lost track of eleven years ago. 
  • oooooops.
  • hijinks ensue
  • 7 billion lives are in danger, and it's hilarious

PROS

  • everything
  • seriously, this is my favorite book of all time
  • the dolphins conversation
  • the bit about Crowley's houseplants
  • the character dynamics
  • the comedy is amazing and probably 99% responsible for my sense of humor
  • "All higher lifeforms, scythed away, just like that." "Terrible." "Nothing but dust and fundamentalists." ICONIC.
  • "An angel that did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards."
  • the Horsemen are amazing, even if they are massive dicks
  • despite being a decently long book it's really easy to get through
  • the audiobook is also excellent
  • Crowley/Aziraphale is an excellent ship and there's basically no competition
  • the fandom is tiny as of this writing, so it's not too chaotic
  • (watch some major Good Omens fandom shit happen a week after this goes up...)
  • if you like twists on demon/angel lore or are interested in Christian mythology, you'll probably really like this book
  • and don't worry; it's not anti-Christianity
  • or pro-Christianity
  • it makes fun of absolutely everyone and everything, but it's not for or against religion itself
  • mostly it's anti-humans fucking things up and using religion as a tool to do that
  • which I think we can all get behind
  • also Crowley's boss hijacks his radio and turns into Freddie Mercury to sing demonic instructions at him and if you don't find that hilarious IDK what to tell you

CONS

  • it makes fun of Queen
  • Crowley and Aziraphale aren't canon husbands
  • it ends eventually
  • ????
  • that's it


OTHER NOTES


  • like I said: MY. FAVORITE. BOOK.
  • apparently back when it first came out, some religious fundamentalists didn't realize it was a comedy and thought Gaiman and Pratchett were serious about the Apocalypse coming
  • it's an ensemble piece so it may be confusing at first but it's pretty easy to get your bearings
  • please read it
  • and join the fandom
  • I've read all the good fanfiction and there's no more, I am DYING
  • also, we're getting a TV adaptation next year!
  • Amazon, with all due respect -- DON'T FUCK THIS UP


RATING: 10/10

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This is a first for me! I think this format will be good to talk about non-conventional books, or books I've read before this blog. (And, in the future, I may revisit books I've reviewed on this blog.) If you've read Good Omens, tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

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