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Book Note: Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

I read this book about 10-Nov-2002. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1990. This note was last modified Saturday, 19-Aug-2006 10:42:37 PDT.

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One thing my booknotes scripts doesn't handle decently is joint authorship. Good Omens is actually by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's interesting to note the order of the names -- Terry was much better known when this was published than Neil was, so normal wisdom would have said the best strategy was to list his name first.

I fell in love with this book the first time I read it, and have reread it several times since then. It has, for me, the perfect blend of serious and humorous.

It also has a nice "English" feel, but modern. A lot of my reading set in England is relatively old, pre-WWII at least. This book has a very nice feel of being set in a modern place that developed from that older place, if you see what I mean. (I've visited there myself many times, in the 60's and then a new batch in the 80's and 90's.)

The overall plot, which I like a lot, is that the world "corrupts" an angel, a demon, and the antichrist, thus allowing them to avert armageddon and allow the world to continue to exist. I like this on all sorts of levels.

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