The last book I think I would ever be tempted to pick up is one by Terry Pratchett. Although I know he’s very, very, VERY popular, that kind of fantasy book just doesn’t really appeal to me, so to find myself reading a book to which he has contributed was as much a surprise to me as it might be to you!
I’ve been trying to obtain, or at the very least read, all of the titles selected as World Book Night books and I’ve done ok so far, picking up some of the books from 2011 and 2012 in charity shops etc – not exactly the ethos of the event, but hey, at least someone’s reading them! Good Omens was one of the 2012 titles and was given by my friend, so I borrowed a copy of Good Omens from her and set to work.
Good Omens (as I’ll call it for short!) begins as the End of Days is approaching, and a child is put among us to become the Antichrist. Unfortunately in a bit of a mishap, the child that was supposed to be left with a prominent diplomat to grow up among powerful people of influence is instead placed with a normal family in a normal village in England and both demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale lost track of him. This is by no means a bad thing for these two, as they have become used to living among mortals over countless decades and would rather like to keep their comfortable lives and avert the end of the planet by teaming up to stop it.
I can’t deny that the book was a good read for the most part, but I did struggle a bit in some areas. Crowley and Aziraphale were really funny and their clownish bungling of almost every situation is very well written and leads very nicely onto the next mistake and the one after that.
I can’t say that this book will persuade me to pick up another Pratchett (the size of my To Read pile almost precludes this in itself), but as part of the World Book Night project it was very well chosen as an accessible entry into the fantasy genre.