Today's SnarkNotes topic is... Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett!
- Bible fanfiction???
- 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.
- hijinks ensue
- 7 billion lives are in danger, and it's hilarious
- 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
- it makes fun of Queen
- Crowley and Aziraphale aren't canon husbands
- it ends eventually
- that's it
- 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
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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