January 8th, 2008

Book review: Good Omens

Today's book review is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

This is a satire of the Christian Apocalypse.  It's certainly fertile ground for humor, and there are some good jokes in it.  And there are even a couple of meaningful points about the nature of humanity.  The story moves fairly well, and it feels a bit like Discworld.

The lame, boring parts of a Discworld book, between the memorable, funny bits, that is.  Because, for all the potential in this book, it really doesn't work for me.  I think that it being set on present-day Earth makes the goofy stuff too hard to accept, and while I've absorbed enough Christian lore to get at least most of the jokes, I never invested so much time in studying that stuff for parodying it to have the full effect on me.  The good jokes didn't make me bust a gut, they just made me smile.  And the general run of the story bored me.  5 out of 10.

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