Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. (from Goodreads)

This one took me such a long time to finish. After I listened to the audiobooks of Neverwhere and The Graveyard book, I tried to find an audio version of this read by Neil Gaiman himself, but without success. Probably because of this disappointment, I couldn’t bond with this narrator’s voice (I know, the whole “problem” sounds too wtf to me too), so the only way I could follow the narration was reading the book at the same time, which was far from my original reason of using an audiobook. So I left it there for several months. Considering that the end of the year was near and I was far from completing my reading challenge, and that I was constantly spammed by Neil Gaiman sharing pictures from the filming of the tv adaptation on his instagram, I said to myself: “get to work and finish this darn thing”.

I’m glad I did. Don’t let this whole rant make you think that I didn’t enjoy the book. The book is great, and I loved every little piece of it. The narrator did a very good job, making great voices and all, but had a very different pace to what I was accustomed, which was probably the reason why it felt a bit awkward at first.

I’m looking forward to the tv adaptation, and to read this again, but on a physical book next time.

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Eric, by Terry Pratchett

64262Eric is the Discworld’s only demonology hacker. The trouble is, he’s not very good at it. All he wants is the usual three wishes: to be immortal, rule the world and have the most beautiful woman fall madly in love with him. The usual stuff.

But what he gets is Rincewind, the Disc’s most incompetent wizard, and Rincewind’s Luggage (the world’s most dangerous travel accessory) into the bargain. The outcome is an outrageous adventure that will leave Eric wishing once more – this time, quite fervently – that he’d never been born. (from Goodreads)

One of the great things about Pratchett’s books are all the “real life” allusions inserted in this fantastic universe he created. In this occasion you’ll find Faust, Aztec’s society and mythology, the war of Troy, the Odyssey, the hell, according to Dante and some other sources, the creation of the universe, and probably a lot of other things that I’m forgetting. We meet again with Rincewind and the Luggage, and we have a glimpse of Death, of course. The book is filled with Prachett’s trademark humour and storytelling, BUT…

Of all of Discworld’s books I’ve read, this was my least favorite. Despite all of the good things that one can expect and the Pratchett gladly serves, this book felt like it could be so. much. more.

It’s not a bad book, it just feels a bit loose. Probably not the best for a beginner in the saga, mostly because it lacks of all the muchness of, at least, the previous books (I didn’t advance much in the saga to have an idea of how the later books are).