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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About Terry Pratchett
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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Publication Date: June 1, 1991

 

Douglas Adams Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective AgencyDirk Gently is a holistic detective who believes that everything is connected. He sets out to help a man named Richard’s whose girlfriend’s father has been murdered and is convinced that the crime must be solved to clear his own name.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is the first book in the Dirk Gently series.

 

 

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They’re So Vein (The Grateful Undead Book 1) by Susan Stec

Publication Date: October 1, 2012

 

Book Review: They're So Vein by Susan StecSusan,  a 58-year-old woman, encounters an altercation between a woman and a child in a public restroom where she stops while out with her sister. In her enthusiasm to film the conflict to post on her YouTube page, she inadvertently finds herself the object of the strange child’s ire. Susan wakes up to find that she looks 30 years younger and, oh yes, she’s also a vampire. The women in her life are eager to jump on this fountain of youth but the vampire world is much more organized than they thought it would be and their behavior is attracting attention they could do without. Is a youthful body worth the danger they’ve found?

 

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Ukulele Deadly (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Book 7) by Leslie Langtry

Publication Date: April 11, 2017

 

Nani Johnson is settling into her life in Hawaii playing the ukulele for events. When she goes to pick up food for a last-minute dinner, a man dies behind her car. Turns out, the man is from the same super-small Kansas town that Nani and her ultra-nutty mom left a few years before. As the body count climbs and Nani and her mom hit the suspect list, can she solve the mystery of the murders before she finds herself playing ukulele behind bars for the rest of her life?

Ukulele Deadly is the 7th book in the Aloha Lagoon Mystery Series.

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The Mutt and the Matchmaker: A Matchmaker Mystery Novella by J.B. Lynn

Publication Date: May 15, 2014

 

The Mutt and the Matchmaker: A Matchmaker Mystery Novella by J.B. Lynn, book reviewTom Hanlon is a private investigator. As a favor to his elderly neighbor, he takes her dog out for some exercise and meets Armani Vazquez, an eccentric matchmaker who wants to set him up with his prime suspect in a serious crime, Jane Bly and her aptly named foster dog, Calamity. While Tom is looking for his thief will Jane steal his heart?

The Mutt and the Matchmaker is the first book in the Matchmaker Mystery series.

 

 

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Murder on the Page (Harley Hill Mysteries Book 2) by Kennedy Chase

Publication Date: October 2, 2016

 

Book Review: Murder on the Page, A Harley Hill Mystery by Kennedy ChaseHarley Hill and her finder agency partner, Cordelia, are hired to find a diary written by John Dee, advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. When their search leads them to a dead body, they find themselves thrust into the English underworld and into a plot that could end the monarchy.

Murder on the Page is the second book in the Harley Hill series.

 

 

 

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Jukebox by Saira Viola

Publication Date: February 12, 2015

 

Nick is a lawyer with a deep love for the music industry. His dream has always been to own his own record label and when Mel and his money comes into the picture, suddenly those dreams are within reach. Avery is a rookie reporter looking for her break and seeing potential for an interesting story in Mel, a man with clear ties to the unsavory. In a society of excess and where everything comes with a price, will they all come out alive?

 

 

 

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The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

 

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, book reviewAnnie McDee is a chef that has had a hard time with love. Still heartbroken by the end of her long term relationship, she takes a lover for whom she plans an elaborate birthday dinner and buys a painting. When he stands her up, she’s left with the gift which turns out to be worth a lot and sought after by some unsavory and dangerous folks. The painting takes Annie on a path leading through European history and possibly to love.

 

 

 

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