So, I finally read Good Omens - which had been rec'd to me by fickle_goddess & homgsekrit (whom had sent it to me as a gift ♥). Over all opinions? An 8 or 9 out of 10.
Leaning more towards 9.
For the most part, i didn't want to put it down or skim past anything... I rather liked how many characters there were that had their own personalities and their own reasons for being mentioned - for a purpose and for the one true purpose in the end (per se) and I rather liked that. A lot.
However, I'm terrible at keeping up with characters and who's who doing what. ESPECIALLY in books and ESPECIALLY with difficult or unusual names. For movies or series', I can at least have a face. If I like a character more, yes, there's a better chance of my remembering who's who, but that's not a guarantee. By far.
I'm not sure who's my favourite.
I admit, I was looking forward to a few characters based off of both friends opinions and excitement over them to an RP that had a few characters involved... When you see them played out in fiction through a fan, it's interesting to see how it's played out in "real" fiction. Aka, the original or the source.
I looked forward to Crowley and DEATH before reading and found that I adored-loved Crowley and Aziraphale to pieces.
How could I not? I looked forward to any chapter with either of them and more importantly any chapter that involved their interaction. Especially the music -- and DEATH communicating to Crowley by such 'entertaining means' -- which I found entertaining, sad, and amusing.
I loved how each chapter went back and forth between stories and characters in a way that made perfect sense and then had such a tying reason that flowed so well in the end!
Oh, and how can I not love Dog? Especially at Dog's introduction. Big fierce turned into a teddy bear. And the desire for dog-like qualities? Love.
I LOVED-LOVED the motorcycle/bike scene towards the end of the book - but felt semi-bad for the... followers, who's names escape me at this very moment.
I love the mention of Good and Evil --- and which is better, per se... --- "It is said that the Devil has all the best tunes. This is broadly true. But Heaven has the best choreographers." and other such thoughts. I adored that to pieces. And brought some interesting points up, even if it was done in a sort of comedy-like way. I've always mentioned that if everything was good, per se, it would be boring. There would be nothing to do, in a sense. Evil is necessary. Granted, I think that it has gone too far (IRL) and needs to be heavily tamed -- but that's another topic all together.
Oh and what's not to love about War and Famine and... Pollution having PERSONALITIES of sorts. I mean, being ... Humans, per say? Humanized? Whichever. I loved that. I loved how they were described and I love the meeting and how they didn't exactly directly say who was who in the beginning... And when they all met up? The literal change in the environment around them? ♥ It's the "little things" like that, that just make it all that more impressive.
Now, out of the book, I don't know much about what's said about the Apocalypse. I know what I know, but I know not the details. But, for this book, that was okay. You really don't NEED to know many things going into it. It does help, granted, but it's not necessary -- and there were lovely footnotes that were both interesting, helpful and amusing when they were clearly fun.
My only REAL downfall, I think, was the ending. It felt a bit anti-climatic. Granted, in a sense, that amused me all the more. "Realistically" everything doesn't HAVE to go certain ways. "Realistically" when a bad guy loses against someone else by tripping over their big toe, may sound stupid and pathetic, but that's not to say it can't happen. It may be a downer to read if your favourite villain dies by slipping on ice and breaking their neck or your favourite hero dies by a cold (Gokou - DBZ, Future Trunks timeline)... So, when they came together and how it ended? Was a bit anti-climatic, but I still liked it over all. It was his choice and decision and now it can just happen later.
Though, this book has definitely made me interested and curious in reading MORE books by Terry Pratchett and more about his characters! I want to read more, definitely, and I thank both fickle_goddess and homgsekrit for talking about it around me and of course homgsekrit for gifting me with such a wonderful and amusing book.
It's funny, it's serious and it even get's you thinking -- without making you feel stupid. What's not to love about it?
--- Oh yes and I loved the switch up. All along they were watching the wrong child -- and I loved that showing of the influences of good and evil and how they may or may not affect someone.
I really liked this book and it's definitely worth reading it more than once or rec'ing it to others. However, if they're very religious and possibly to the point of closed-mindedness, I wouldn't recommend it. Other than that, enjoy it!
---- Just because this is short does not mean I like it any less than anything I've wrote more for/about.