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"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Why, upon finishing a novel, do I feel nauseous, not satiated? 
9th-Aug-2005 12:25 am
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I hope it's not those raisins I was snacking on earlier; it certainly wasn't the book that brought this on...

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
So I wouldn't call this novel the greatest thing I've ever read, no, but it was pretty damn entertaining--and had a moments of shining brightness that compensated for the way in which it (in my humble opinion) changed locales and characters too often. Anyway, the story is about the Apocalypse, but with a postmodern, decidedly bitingly humorous edge. I guess, at the heart of the story are the devil Crowley and the angel Aziraphale, two unlikely but great chums who decide to, singlehandedly, forestall the Apocalypse and save the World as they know it. Yeah. Like that works out the way the planned. I can't help thinking perhaps that our duo might be incarnations of the authors, but lemme say that this idle thought does not stop me from wanting to slash these two guys together. Badly. There's just something so simultaneously domestic and endearing about their squabbles and interactions--it's already marriage without the sex, so why not add the sex? ^^; Anyway, I figure the humor was mostly Pratchett's; I didn't recognize the tone to a lot of it, though those footnotes were nearly classic. (Perhaps I should start reading the Discworld books...but where in the HECK do I start!?) The Four Motorcyclists of the Apocalypse were definitely a Gaiman touch; I've seen similar characters in both American Gods and his earlier Sandman comic book series. I wasn't sure that the whole prophetess angle was strictly necessary, though. It was amusing at times, but Newt and Anathema subplot bloated the novel more than it provided substance. Anyway, I'm not sure I like what the novel implies about God--God Knows All and is Playing Game with the Universe. It's an easy fallback answer and is the sort of thing Creationists *coughs* I mean Intelligent Design proponents use to force-feed their religious doctrine down an agnostic populace's collective throat. Still, what with the very tongue in cheek manner that the book is written in, I figure there was no other direction it *could* have gone in. The ending is neat, but that's the way these sorts of things tend to be. This novel is good, lightweight entertainment. I doubt it will stimulate deep thoughts or reflections about art or the universe, but then you probably won't forget it as soon as the cover snaps shut, either. That's a good thing.
Comments 
9th-Aug-2005 04:50 am (UTC)
i rather adore Good Omens. Pratchett is my favourite author ^^; i actually have most..wait, maybe all, of the Discworld books if you wish to borrow any. i WOULDN'T suggest starting "at the beginning" because those weren't his best. he doesn't really find his stride for Discworld until the 4th book or so. i would say start with Guards! Guards!...then again, the characters that book central on are some of my favourite ^^. i actually should be going to New Brunswick Wednesday (even if my plans fall through i could go anyway) if you have the urge to try reading any of the solely Pratchett books. ^^
9th-Aug-2005 05:03 am (UTC)
Waitaminute...you weren't the one who disabused me of the notion that Terry Pratchett was a woman, were you? ^_^; Or was that *pulls hair* Why Can't I Remember Her Name????

How many Discworld books are there, anyway? Will they make sense to me if I don't start at the beginning?
9th-Aug-2005 05:43 am (UTC)
yes, they will make sense. he did a great job of making them continuous but not contigent on one another. there are...30? a bit more than that? i honestly don't remember ^^;
the first book i ever read of his was Small Gods which stands apart from the other main threads. i could probably go on all day about his work ^^;;
i wish Terry and Neil would work on more stuff together because they are *too* funny together, in person and prose.
9th-Aug-2005 06:12 am (UTC)
Try daegaer for Good Omens slash. Well researched too.

Don't worry about the Discworld books! You can start anywhere you like (I did) and not get confused. A personal favorite is Witches Abroad, which I think you'll find very interesting.
9th-Aug-2005 11:05 am (UTC)
*laughs* I knew there had to be Good Omens slash out there somewhere. The relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley was just too slashy...
9th-Aug-2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
oh, one of my friends laureate05 has one of the most adorable Aziraphale/Crowley icons. ^^ just if you're interested (And yeah, they're so Pratchett/Gaiman...)
9th-Aug-2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
The relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley was just too slashy...

Almost every scene could have ended with "and then they had sex (or maybe a bottle of best bubbly). The End."

But as a writing style, I think Gaiman and Pratchett match up well enough. I'm an admirer of Pratchett's way of looking at a story, and I loved his send up of The Phantom of the Opera, which managed to be both loving and funny. ...Ah! It's called Maskerade.
9th-Aug-2005 12:38 pm (UTC)
There are three kinds of story lines - wizards, witches, and the Night Watch. For wizards, I'd start with the Color of Magic. It only mildly mentions Unseen University, but one of the most important characters, Rincewind, gets his start there. For witches...it's been so long since I've read one of theirs, but I think Witches Abroad is the first. For the Watch, it would be Guards! Guards!. And then there are the misc. books that don't really follow an arc...Soul Music, Small Gods, and Hogfather are all excellent. I like reading Hogfather around Christmas. ^_^
9th-Aug-2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
There are three kinds of story lines

Hmm. Do these three basic story arcs follow the same characters, as well?
9th-Aug-2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
Pretty much...new ones get added, of course, and some of them have a lot of characters (the Watch series and the Wizards ones). ^_^
9th-Aug-2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
there's also the Death storylines too, those start...well Death is a constant character but a good one to start with him (even though it's not one of his best) is Mort.
er...yeah...i need to get these to you. borrowing is better, then you know which to buy ^_~
oh, and he has a story arc for "children" to. you can tell he's a good writer simply because he doesn't bother trying to talk down or tone down books for kids. but his kids' books are rather fantastic ^^;
9th-Aug-2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
I love that book. I like to fall back on books that are entertaining and light like this one. And it took me by surprise. I laughed through most of it.
9th-Aug-2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
*nods* All it took for me was seeing the phrase describing Crowley, "An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunder Vaguely Downwards.", I was totally hooked! There's something so wonderfully evocative about it!
9th-Aug-2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
But everybody in the book says Azraphele is gay! And Crowley dresses like he's going to a bar. And then there's that black Bentley for wild car sex. Even the authors are encouraging us to slash them together^^
9th-Aug-2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Well, actually the book clarifies that at one point and says that angels aren't sexual beings. Possible, of course, but not inherently so. The possibility kept my balloon from being deflated altogether.

Besides, I don't know about Pratchett, but Gaiman is definitely slash-friendly. He's even got that one subplot in American Gods...
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