Goodreads review • Good Omens

Good OmensGood Omens by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is it wrong to be utterly delighted when Death turns out to be good ol’ Death? Not the religious one, but the “I TALK LIKE DISCWORLD’S DEATH” one? Good Omens also turns out to be “what if” scenario of Discworld logic being applied to real life. Yes, we’ve had a few instances of those (or depending on world view, an entire Unseen University experiment gone wrong), but this has some choice ideas sprinkled in that make “real life” more similar to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and distinctly British as a result.

It’s thoroughly enjoyable and oddly restrained. With some of the characters being able to manipulate just about everything, there needs to be something to hold it back from transforming into a Michael Bay film. You could also say the ending is anti-climactic, which – quite honestly – suits it to a T. Still, it manages to feel a bit cheap as the build-up and rhythm beforehand suggest that other Bay-course.

A great read, but I now feel like I want a host of sequels all focusing on the four horse…-people. After all, they do seem to be back in business these days.

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