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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Good Omens

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A bit of fun at the end of the world. A collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett sees the antichrist being born into the world, and through an all mighty cock up gets adopted by the wrong family. Intended to be the son of an influential American diplomat, he instead grows up in the village of Tadfield Oxfordshire, England. No one saw that coming, not the Angel Aziraphale, not the Demon Crowley, only a long dead witch by the name of Agnes Nutter who wrote a book of Nice and Accurate Prophecies, which didn’t sell precisely because it got things right.
Pursued by heaven and hell, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the incompetent Witchfinder Army; Aziraphale and Crowley work together to stop, or indeed start the end of the world.

Initially a riveting read, it got very “middle” two-thirds of the way through. When all the disparate characters were each finding their way to the same location, it was no less funny, but a little repetitive. However that’s a small niggles in an otherwise enjoyable read. The irreverent yet satirical humour of Terry Pratchett is offset by the historical fantasy elements of Neil Gaiman.

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The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Colour of Magic
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book where Terry Pratchett was beginning to find his voice as a writer. Clearly he had a unique vision and the oddness of the Discworld was starting to take shape.

Rincewind is the main protagonist, who ends up having to escort a tourist, Twoflower, to various places around the continent. The entire concept of a “tourist” being unknown to Rincewind and the residents of Ankh-Morpork. The most curious character in the book has got to be the luggage! A sentient piece of furniture/baggage who really does mind who looks into it, and will follow its owner to the edge of the world (literally) at great speed and on its many legs.

There’s plenty to keep you entertained, from the language used and the comical allegory of our modern world (which is one of Terry Pratchett’s best qualities in his writing, particularly in later novels) to the magic and dragons, and of course DEATH.

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