It was a nice day.
–Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Good Omens - c. 1990, 2011
Good Omens is one of my all time favourite books. I’ve read it and reread it so many times. But it has been quite a while since I picked it up. But considering there is to be a televisual adaptation sometime in the near future I decided that it was best to read it again.
And I’m delighted to report that I still adore it.
The basic plot concerns the end of the world, as per the bible. The antichrist has been born and the forces of heaven and hell are about to battle it out, destroying the earth and all its inhabitants at the same time. Only problem is that no one quite seems to know where the antichrist has gotten to.
And it is brilliant.
I can’t help but picture Adam as a Just William sort of character, updated a little as he is living in the 90s1 but he feels as though he comes from an earlier Britain. A fact that is even commented on by some of the characters in the book.
And the four horsepersons of the apocalypse as great, as are the Hells Angels bikers and their wonderful nicknames.
I do wonder quite how the technology of the 90s will translate into the adaptation if they set it in modern times. Although maybe they’ll leave the setting alone, who knows.
It is laugh out loud entertainment, and if you’ve enjoyed any of Pratchett or Gaiman’s work and haven’t given this a go you really need to.
when the book was published, so probably really late 80s ↩