Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990)

by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The smooth completion of the apocalypse is complicated by a number of factors, most notably a misplaced Antichrist and an Angel and Devil who rather enjoy their lives on Earth and have decided to protect it.


This book seems to be almost universally beloved, but it escapes me.


There’s an unrelenting stream of self-conscious whimsy that taints it for me.


There are some types of humor that work better in performance than on the page and I wonder if that is the case here since there are a number of scenes that don’t seem too far removed from Monty Python sketches—and I love the Pythons.


I have not seen the recent mini-series adaptation to test whether this is the case.


Since I have also been underwhelmed by American Gods and Stardust, two more Gaiman books that have huge fan bases, I may have to conclude that his stuff is not for me.


Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series has been on my TBR list for a long time, but I have to admit to having second thoughts after finishing this.

Terry Pratchett (l) & Neil Gaiman (r)

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