Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Publication Date: November 28, 2006

 

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry PratchettAziraphale, an angel an Crowley, a demon, aren’t ready for the end times. They’ve gotten quite comfortable in their years on Earth. Despite representing good and evil, the two decide to work together to postpone the inevitable.

 

 

 

Readers of this blog will know that I’m both a major Pratchett/Gaiman fan as well as something of a nutty Whovian whose favorite Doctor is #10 as played by David Tennant. Imagine my delight in seeing the news today that David Tennant has been signed to play Crawley in the big screen adaptation of Good Omens! The co-protagonists literally represent heaven and hell with Crowley as the snake that started it all by tempting Eve to eat the apple. Both have gone against type and gotten comfortable in their world and friendly with each other. Their somewhat carefree association is probably the best thing about the book and one that I think Tennant and Michael Sheen (as Aziraphale) will play well.

The central storyline revolves around the Anti-Christ who, thanks to some confusion at birth, has wound up with the wrong family. Adam, the true Anti-Christ is a somewhat odd little boy addicted to conspiracy theories who  doesn’t realize that his power is shaping the world to his outlook. He does, of course, notice his uncany ability in time but will he stop the impending end times or see them as just a really good idea? In keeping with both authors, Good Omens is brilliantly funny and amazingly complex. Eagle eyed readers will notice even the smallest threads connected before the final line. Does the Earth have a star sign? Of course it does and all you need to know is precisely when it began so it’s handy to be in the know with those that were there at the start. The mind blowing creativity Good Omens is going to translate wonderfully to the big screen.

Okay, so a minor characters spoiler ahead, If you’ve seen Tennant as the Doctor or as Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, you will know that he is going to play the sardonic Crowley to perfection. Crowley is a demon whose job it is to make people miserable but admires greatly they’re ability to torture themselves and has come to really like watching the creative drama unfold. He enjoys torturing plants by carrying them around and telling them to say goodbye to their friends. Crowley is wickedly funny and the role is tailor made for Tennant.

Good Omens, like all of Pratchett’s work, is wonderfully quotable. “Evil in general does not sleep, and therefore doesn’t see why anyone else should” is a bumper sticker truism.

I am over-simplifying the plot lines and glory of this novel.  There are witches and a need for sushi restaurants in Heaven and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I, however; am obsessed with the idea that this genius work is making it to the screen. If you have trusted me on nothing else, trust me on this. Go out, get “Evil in general does not sleep, and therefore doesn’t see why anyone else should.”  and we can all geek out when the show premieres together.

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His Name was Ben: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

Publication Date: September 21, 2014

 

This review is dedicated to Allison Ridgeway Doan, the wife of one of my husband’s childhood friends and a lovely person, who lost her battle with cancer yesterday. Check out her memoir released not long before her death, Bruised and Beautiful.

His Name was Ben by Paulette Mahurin, book review by Rabid Reader's Reviews

Sara Phillips’ life changed when she received a cancer diagnosis. Life was over until she met Ben and everything changed yet again.

 

 

 

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Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

 

Book Review Collateral Damage (A Stone Barrington Novel) by Stuart Wood

Stone Barrington and his sometimes lover, CIA Assistant Director Holly Barker, are at it again. Holly brings Stone a case with big risks. Will their lucky streak hold? Can they solve the case or will they be Collateral Damage? Collateral Damage is the 25th book in the Stone Barrington series.

 

 

 

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Billy and Ant Lie: Lying (Billy Growing Up Book 4) by James Minter (Author) and Helen Rushworth (Illustrator)

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

 

Billy and Ant tell a lie to cover the true reasons that they were late for school. When complications arise, their lie is found out. What consequences will they face?

 

 

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The Facility by Brandon Ford

Publication Date: December 20, 2016

 

The Facility by Brandon Ford, thriller horror book review When Holly Vogel discovers that her husband has been violating their five-year-old daughter, she takes the child and goes on the run. With no one to turn to, she finds a website known as “The Facility.” Will it be the answer to her prayers or a new beginning to her nightmare?

 

 

 

 

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To Live Out Loud: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

 

To Live out Loud by Paulette Mahurin, historical fiction book review by Rabid Reader's ReviewsIn 1894 Captain Richard Dreyfus, a French Artillery Officer was convicted of treason for passing military secrets to the Germans. Dreyfus was sent to Devil’s Island in French Guiana to live out his sentence. When a few years later evidence that Dreyfus was innocent was discovered, the French military did everything they could to suppress the information. French journalist, Emile Zola, ran with the story of the gross injustice in the periodical J’Accuse and became a target of those looking to keep the story under wraps and Dreyfus incarcerated. To Live Out Loud is the story of this historic case and Zola’s coverage of it and the ultimate pursuit of justice at all costs.

 

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The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict by Austin Reed

Publication Date: January 24, 2017

 

The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict by Austin Reed, nonfiction book reviewThe Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict is the nineteenth-century account of the life of Austin Reed, a free, black man born in 1823 who spent his life between hard labor, indentured servitude and incarceration at America’s first industrial prison. The recently discovered manuscript written when Reed was still in prison was authenticated by Yale scholar, Caleb Smith and includes letters written by Reed later in his life.

 

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Knoll: The Last JFK Conspiracist by Stephen Hillard

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

As lawyer Bus McIntyre digs into the past of his murdered father, he uncovers a dangerous secret. At the same time, a protege of Edward Snowdon discovers that a project purporting to look for new information in the assassination of JFK is actually identifying people with new information and eliminating them. Is Bus the next victim?

 

 

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Echoes of Time (The Guernsey Novels Book 5) by Anne Allen

Publication Date: August 13, 2016

 

Echoes of Time by Anne Allen, mystery-romance book reviewOlive wasn’t sure that she and Bill were a match but with all of the other young men leaving Guernsey to take part in World War II, she accepted his proposal as a matter of practicality and regrets her decision immediately. During German occupation, Olive falls for the gentle Major Wolfgang Brecht.

When Natalie flees an abusive relationship in London for the quiet peace of Guernsey she settles in a cottage on the burned remains of Olive’s and Bill’s farm. Strange things start to happen and she calls on Olive’s and Bill’s grandson, Stuart, for help in unraveling the mystery. Will Natalie find out if its one of the lovers or something much darker haunting her?

 

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