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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
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Overall, this book was a huge disappointment for me. I’d heard so many good things about it and had been meaning to read it for years. When I finally started it, I was about 20 pages into it and thought, “Yes! This is going to be one of the most entertaining books I’ve ever read.” It was like reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide for the first time again. It was witty and fast-paced and had so many brilliant things to say about society and religion. And then about halfway through, I realized that I just wasn't really laughing as much anymore.

The story seemed to get bogged down with characters that weren’t that interesting for me to read about and who I often found a bit annoying. Most notably, the 11-year-old Antichrist and his friends seemed really out of place in the book. They felt like they would have been at home in a Norman Rockwell painting (or British equivalent)—a ragtag bunch of kids with slingshots and backyard adventures. I think that I was supposed to find them and their inane conversations entertaining, maybe even a little bit cute, but every time they came around, which felt like quite a bit, I thought that the book just screeched to a halt.

Most of the other characters in the book were great fun to read—the demon and the angel and their strange sort of friendship was easily the best part of the book for me. The four horsemen of the apocalypse were also a lot of fun, at least most of the time. Overall, the premise was brilliant. What a disappointment for me that it just couldn’t keep it together throughout. The ending seemed contrived and the resolution was just unsatisfying for me. I know that so many people loved this book. I wish that I could have enjoyed it as much as they did.
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Teri It's the only book I've read that I could fit into the same genre as the HHGTTG series... And since Douglas Adams' untimely death.. I am lacking for genius satirical sci-fi!

Jennifer That's how I felt about the book too. I enjoyed the parts with the demon and the angel, but the kids and even on some level the random jumps to the horsemen in the middle of the book bogged it down and made it hard to pick back up. Oh, and the witchfinders too...

John This is almost exactly how I felt about the book. Right down to the characters. Crowley and Aziraphale are easily the best (mostly Crowley, Aziraphale spends too much time with humans), the Four Horsemen are fun, and the 11-year-old Antichrist and friends are boring.

I'm still glad I read it (I'll never think of Queen the same way again), but it definitely took some effort to see it all the way to the finish.

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Nariswari yep, i agree. i loved crowley and aziraphale's part the most. but there are so many unimportant characters, i even think to skip reading them.
the ending is rather weird, knowing that the horsemen was defeated just like that. no thrills.

overall, i love this book. i laughed when it says about the earth's zodiac, so hilarous =D

Meagen Hudson thank you! glad to know i'm not the only one.

Lesley Arrowsmith I think it helps if you're familiar with some classic British children's fiction - such as Just William (who also had a gang, called the Outlaws).

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Ray Gonzales You took the words out of mouth, glad to hear I'm not the only one who felt this way. Wasnt satisfied with ending. Angel & Demon were best part of the book. Lost interest when they werent around.

Tammy LaPorta I'm only half way through this book and I'm thinking the same thing. When is this going to end? The demon and Angel characters are the only parts that I find interesting. It's taking me entirely too long to finish it because some of the mundane characters and details are boring me. But I rarely give up on a book (I've only had one book where I just could trudge asking) so I'm going to see this one through. I was really looking forward to reading another of Gaiman's books but this is just disappointing.

Waylander101 Lesley you've the nail on the head there, Adam and his little gang are meant to represent the "boys own" and "famous five" kind of kids who have adventures in a idyllic kind of Britain whose only influences are themselves as vreated by Adam's current reading/watching tastes

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Moira Russell My thought was all the funny really readable bits were by Pterry, and all the sorta-literary unfunny bits by Gaiman.

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Vee I agree with you, Derek. The ending was wholly unsatisfying.

I'm a fan of Gaiman, and I feel that it may have been better if he'd written the entire thing. Although I can't say much more, considering I've never read anything else by Terry Pratchett.
Actually, Moira, most of the Agnes Nutter scenes and the kids were written by Pratchett, and the Horsemen and angel-demon duo were written by Gaiman (at least, that's what the FAQ at the back of my copy says).

Karen OMG, that's exactly how I felt. From echoes of Douglas Adams to, just... meh with only the occasional guffaw.

Lesley Arrowsmith At the beginning of Pyramids, a stand-alone Discworld story, Terry Pratchett does a very funny take off of Tom Brown's Schooldays, set at his Assassin's Guild, where saying prayers at bedtime sort of escalates....

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Amie Adams I felt the same way.

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Helene I'm worried that your review may be predictive for me. I loved everything of Douglas Adams. I've only just started to read Terry Pratchett, and I'm sorry I waited so long. I'm actually thoroughly enjoying the audiobooks - the readers are so great. Now this book is old, so I understand the audiobook might not have the same punch... but it sounds like it's read by a 1950's radio newscaster, or Rod Serling (Twilight Zone). That doesn't help...

As much as I've loved the couple of disc world books and Hitchhikers... this one sounds like it's trying for the feel of those books, but forcing it. Like they're trying too hard to come up with quippy descriptions and absurd similes. I don't know. I'm really trying, but I'm worried that for whatever reason I'm just going to be disappointed.

Evelyn I personally felt like the book took a halt when newton and shadwell were mentioned

Abigail Richardson This is exactly how I felt about the book the first time that I read it. I just wasn't too fond of it. After some time had passed since I read it, I found myself looking back on the book and liking it the more I thought about it. The book came to grow on me; even the parts about the Them that I had previously hated. It's now one of my favorite books. Perhaps it will grow on you too!

Angela Felicia I felt the exact same way. I do like that it was witty and it did make me laugh, it's just the kids scenes and the Shadwell scenes that dragged it down for me I guess. I wanted to love it since one of my best friends had recommended it long ago. I hope when I reread it someday it'll grow on me. :)

Hayley Relieved to know there's a lot of others that feel the same way. I really wanted to like this book - the ratings are so high and everyone that I know that's read it seems to love it. It was fine - but that was a real let-down after it was built up so much. I found myself falling asleep in it, which is a terrible sign for me. Definitely disappointing ending, too. Great review!

Belle You do not like the passages Pratchett wrote. Same here.

Mr Stuart A CHELL Thanks for writing this. I've dragged myself through 80% of this book and can't take anymore. I'm so bored, and I love Pratchett and this style of write. Such a shame as after reading a lot of reviews I was genuinely excited about this book.

Lacie Larschan I just finished the book (and like you, I had been wanting to read it for years) but was so disappointed by the end. You've hit on every high and low in this book.

Glassj0 My god. I can't wait to look at your bookshelf and see what kind of roller coaster rides you've become accustomed to!

I loved this book.

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Nowshin Tasnim that's exactly how i felt. I was too excited to read this book and it was all going well but too many characters and not all of them are as interesting. i gave up half way

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Ethan Beller Hit the nail on the head

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Aly Zhang Agreed!! I much prefer the scenes with the angels and demons. The humans bored me to death.

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Jean Cole You expressed what I was feeling to a tee.

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Mary Beth I felt the same way... you expressed my feelings perfectly

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Vi Now I don't feel compelled to write a review. You summed it up perfectly for me. Thanks.

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Tom I completely agree. After a promising start, I skipped to the end to see how it turned out.


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Kathy Yep. But I couldn't finish it either. ⭐️ is all I can give it. You were generous.

Meghanclare Gran I just finished it and I feel the exact same way.

Julie Exactly.

Terry Peers Ditto. It seemed much funnier when I first read it 25 years ago. It'll be interesting to see how the telly adaptation turns out when it's broadcast this year.

Ethan Demartelaere That's par for the course for Pratchett, unfortunately. Hilarious and pun filled at first, then halfway through the jokes stop and it all gets bogged down with lackluster plots.

Rebecca Joy I thought the same thing. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who felt this way. The beginning was so promising. It was funny, I liked the banter, but by the time I was halfway through I was just reading to finish the book. This has been talked up so much that maybe my expectations were too high and it just couldn't live up to it.

Franny Burd You all just said exactly how I've been feeling about this one, but wasn't able to express.

Shane I absolutely agree

Alysha Kocon Thank you this is EXACTLY how I felt by the time I finished this book.

Jneel I recently re-read after many years, and after watching the excellent Amazon production. Found I had to simply skim over the parts with the kids, they were just too long! The Amazon series got the amount of time spent on the kids about right.

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