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Friday, June 28, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - Good Omens

Book Title: Good Omens

Author: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

The story revolves around the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale, who have been on earth since the beginning of time and kind of like it here. Despite their obvious philosophical differences, they have found a way to co-exist, cooperate when necessary, and become "friends." However, things change quickly when the antichrist is born, precipitating Armageddon, the Apocalypse and the end of the world - in just 6 days.

This exact timeline had been foretold 400 years ago in The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. As time runs out, Crowley, Aziraphale, Agnes' great-great granddaughter Anathema, and a band of strange characters, work (mostly separately) to prevent the Apocalypse from happening.

Can they thwart the Divine Plan? Is this the Divine Plan??

Why you picked it up: I picked this up because I had been seeing trailers for Amazon's original series based on the book. Although I have read both authors, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, I never heard of this book, which is apparently a cult classic.

I will admit to "reading along" as I watched the Amazon series. The show helped to explain what was going on in the book - and vice versa. The story is funny and thought-provoking.

Why you finished it: Doesn't everybody want to know how the end of the world plays out?

Who you would recommend it to: People who like and appreciate the unique writing styles of Gaiman and Pratchett. Anyone who enjoys humorous stories about witches, angels, demons, and misplaced babies.

Find Good Omens in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! Submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings for all program finishers. More prizes! Yay!
All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

What are you reading this summer?

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