Some books, your just get caught by while passing by in a bookstore. Later on you can’t even remember what it was, but sometimes there might have been some Good Omens.
When Good Omens turned into an Amazon Prime production, the book got a new boost. For the book, this mini-series was definitely a good omen, for the reader it is a good omen that actual knowledge on the Bible is not necessarily required to understand the book. And I mean it, as I know very little to nothing about the Bible or what it says about the apocalypse.
Up to this point, I’m still not entirely sure what I read or what I can take away from this book, besides the fact that children can be totally annoying brats and that angels and demons aren’t necessarily all good or all evil. Most people, most creatures are simply just that: just people, and just creatures, and they’ll all hide behind words like “I was just doing my job”. A hated sentence that absolves all from any responsibility. It is the underlying thought in a huge part of Good Omens. However, the book also touches upon the nature of mankind and its ability to change. In the end, if we really want to, we can all change. And maybe that’s what I’d like to take away from this book. Because the rest of it is just another Prime/Netflix/Hulu/whatever production: a source of entertainment.
Funny, witty, lots of sarcasm, and ooh do I hope that the angel and demon have at least some gay bones in their bodies. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t, read to find out. But that is what Good Omens is, a funny spin on the omnipresent Bible-story. Or Quran-story. Or any other story from a religious text that talks about the end of the world. Lots of playing around with language and words, lots of nonsense. Nothing more, and nothing less. So good for a vacation, a plane, a lazy Sunday. Especially that lazy Sunday.
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. Good Omens / Headline