Saturday, July 11, 2009

Good Omens

Good Omens
written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

This was my first experience with Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, although I'd heard plenty about both. It was, for the most part, a pretty positive one, although they aren't authors I'd immediately go rush out to get their other books. I was pretty reluctant to read this. I don't know, it feels...blasphemous in a way, even after reading it. I don't exactly regret reading it, but I do think that it needs to be taken lightly. The book itself was well-paced, with interesting writing that kept me wanting to read more. My favorite characters were Aziraphale and Crowley, and I definitely loved the banter and chemistry between the two. Adam was also a pretty fantastic character. However, I don't know about you, but I got pretty annoyed when about halfway through the book, the characters that I just named lost a lot of screen time, barely appearing at all until the very end. Huh? Aren't they the main characters? I lost a lot of the enthusiasm that kept me hooked at the beginning, because all of the interesting characters had, for some reason, received boring tiny storylines all of a sudden, leaving the readers with too many stories all over the place, not one of them particularly interesting. It became just another book that tried much too hard to be quirky and by doing so, failed to be quirky. The reader is left with an unsatisfying, predictable, and anticlimactic ending that really confused me at first, because I couldn't understand why the authors had decided to end it this way. It could have been a great book, but it unraveled and fell apart, and I'm very sad that I had to witness such a great story falling apart.

Rating: 3.5/5

1 comment:

  1. Aw, I'm sorry that it fell apart for you. This is one of my favorite books.
    I've tried reading Terry Pratchett's books but had a hard time getting into them, but I've loved most of the Neil Gaiman that I've read.


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