I’m in a book club, have I ever told you that? I don’t think I have, anyway, it’s just me and my friend Alpha (and BookStephen, my bookmark, obviously). We call it the ‘Really Sporadic Book Club’ because we are both very very very slow readers so we only meet for book chats sporadically. When I say book chats, I don’t mean wine and stuff, I literally mean we get together and discuss the books we have read. It’s a proper grown-up book club, like in the movies!
Our most current book has been Good Omens, which was written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, this is my review. All opinions are my own.
I won’t spoil the plot for you, I really hate it when people do that, especially without warning. It’s annoying.
It’s really interesting and very funny in places, you will find yourself giggling, so if you are reading it in public, be warned!
The characters are well thought out (did you expect anything else?!), they compliment each other well and in a world of supernatural characters, they are believable. Especially Aziraphale and Crowley, they are highly amusing.
The plot is gripping and substantial, with all questions answered. No gaping plot holes or even small pinprick ones. It’s philosophical and has biblical references throughout.
Personally, I love the names! (Read it and you will understand what I mean) Especially when they choose their own, though complicated, they are fun.
The footnotes need to be read, they are entertaining and occasionally add to the plot.
The plot, though brilliant, is complicated, you have to concentrate on what you are reading, it can be hard going at times. I found myself re-reading a couple of things to ensure I had understood it and remembered it correctly. This is not a ‘leave your brain at the door’ book.
The footnotes can be a bit distracting.
If you love proper chapter names or numbers so you can stop at appropriate points then you will be disappointed, there are only a few mega chapters.
Overall, I really enjoyed it, I have tried not to give too much away so you can enjoy it too. I thought that the descriptions were very engaging, easy to picture in your head and a bit amusing at times. The book is a little dark and a little light, it’s the perfect mix of both. I did find it hard going through and a couple of times I found myself huffing when I picked it up to read again.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it, but I found it complicated.
See you soon!