Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

May 16, 2004 at 12:00 am | Posted in 3 stars, Book Reviews, Fantasy | Leave a comment
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This is probably the most acclaimed humor novel in science fiction and fantasy that does not have the word “Hitchhiker” in the title. Despite knowing this I only got around to reading this recently, in part because Pratchett, unlike Adams, for me was only polite-smile funny for the most part in the few books of his I’ve read. This was not really an exception. Like any comedy there were hits and misses, but for me the real failing was the long stretches in the second half where it didn’t seem to be trying to be funny at all. Perhaps that was Gaiman’s influence. Whatever the cause, when it started taking itself seriously it was pretty much a write-off for me since I was not at all interested in the plot or the characters. As I said, however, this book has a large contingent of people who absolutely love it, so it’s certainly worth a try, especially if you are a Pratchett fan.

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