I’ve decided this is one of those books where the cover has put me off picking it up to read. I mean it’s got a creepy little boy on it and Chris Packham* starring as Aziraphale.
*Chris Packham presented The Really Wild Show on BBC about the time this book was first published…and he had really bad 80s hair. On further inspection, he only has a passing resemblance to Aziraphale. It’s mostly about the hair.
I have to admit here, I was never a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s first few Discworld novels. The first one I read was Pyramids and I think if I’d started at the beginning I wouldn’t have continued. And I’d have lost out big time. Both Terry and Neil have developed a lot since this book was written, over 20 years ago now! What I love about their writing is their abilities to tell great stories. I feel with Good Omens, it’s more about the puns than the story, which was a bit predictable.
Had I read the book during my teenage years, I’m sure I would have enjoyed it more however it all felt a bit dated. I do feel this a bit with Douglas Coupland’s earlier work too. Whilst I liked Microserfs, it was more a fact that it was my job, but in the past! Plus there’s really not that many novels about software testing and it has become a sort of history. Anyway, I digress, first I complain about House of Silence being in the present and now I complain about something feeling too old! Can’t please come people, can you?
Now before you start throwing rotten vegetables at me, I did enjoy reading it. Some moments are timeless, like the kids playing at the Spanish Inquisition which I thought was priceless and true laugh out loud funny! Terry’s trademark footnotes were targeted at American translations which also made me smile. How often do us Brits have to explain phrases to American friends?
I guess if you’re a fan of either author and haven’t read it yet then do so. However as an introduction to either Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman, I would definitely suggest picking other works.