Goodreads Monday – Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

It’s the first Goodreads Monday of 2020, friends! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.

This week’s featured book is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I’m still not sure why I haven’t read this yet since I’m a big fan of Gaiman’s books. I’ve never read anything by Pratchett though so I’m curious about what I’ll think of this book in the end. This urban fantasy has a 4.25 star average with 499k+ ratings and 25.4k+ reviews, which is pretty wow!

‘Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right.’

People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea?

You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it.

It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They’ve been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse.

And then there’s the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist…

Why do I want to read it?

Every time I see this title I feel such guilt that I haven’t read it yet because why?! I don’t know. Like I said before, I really enjoy Gaiman’s books and even though I’ve never read anything by Pratchett, he can’t have been such a highly popular author for no reason, right? I admit to having started this at some point last year in an attempt to finish it before the show came out but that quite obviously didn’t happen… Me reading the book, I mean, not the TV show! 🤣 I’ve heard amazing things about both the show and book and I feel FOMO every time someone talks about it yet there it is, still sitting on my unread shelf. I will get to it one day though but I’m waiting to be in the right mood because I’m 100% sure that I will need to be in the right mood to read this (don’t ask me what kinda mood though)! 😅

Have you read Good Omens or is it on your TBR?

13 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday – Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

  1. Downloaded the ebook from the library, read about 2% and returned it. Not counting it as a DNF quite yet as want to give it another go with the audiobook or physical copy as I’m not a fan of reading ebooks that aren’t on my Kindle. Oh also gave up on the tv show so it’s not looking promising 😅

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  2. This is one of my all time favorite books. I loved the humor and the characters, and just the premise of an angel and a demon being ‘friends’. The plot is somewhat silly, but if you love Gaiman’s work you will enjoy this one too. I also enjoyed the show, even though they didn’t do as good a job with the four horsemen as I would have liked.

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  3. I saw the TV show and it was awesome, so I read the book. I think the TV show was better, and I don’t say that very often. Pratchett’s other books are good, including Mort and Going Postal. (One is about death’s new apprentice, the other is about reviving a failed mail operation which is competing with a magical telegram service).

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  4. I’ve read it and I liked it in general but I hated how the POV switched so often — I felt like every time I started to really get into things someone changed the channel… Pratchett’s Discworld is amazing though!!

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