Good Omens was a peculiar story full of sarcasm and witty humor, philosophical insights, quirky characters (some a little too quirky for me at times), and a bit of heart. It started off with a bang, pretty fast-paced and really grabbed my interest as two angels, one fallen and one not quite, are in charge of masterminding the apocalypse with the birth placement and raising of the Antichrist. (It reminded me of the 1999 movie Dogma, which was pretty damn funny. I need to watch that again.) In this case, all sorts of calamity ensues when the angels focus their energy on the wrong child. The book has moments that were a lot of fun but at other times it was tiresome. It’s not something that I feel compelled to recommend to others but I wouldn’t tell anyone NOT to read it. If you like sardonic humor and you enjoy turning ideas and concepts upside down then this might be a good read for you.
“You grow up readin’ about pirates and cowboys and spacemen and stuff, and jus’ when you think the world’s all full of amazin’ things, they tell you it’s really all dead whales and chopped down forests and nuclear waste hangin’ about for millions of years. ‘Snot worth growin’ up for, if you ask me.”
~ Adam, age 11, the Antichrist, Good Omens
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