“It was a nice day.
All the days had been nice. There had been rather more than seven of them so far, and rain hadn’t been invented yet. But clouds massing east of Eden suggested that the first thunderstorm was on its way, and it was going to be a big one.”
According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Anges Nutter – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea….
With the TV show of Good Omens airing recently, I knew the time had come to read this book. I’ve been meaning to for years. Many, many years. But I had never got round to getting a copy. This time though, I borrowed it from my sister – a huge Prachett fan – and dug right in.
I had purposely avoided anything to do with the show before reading this book. I didn’t want to know any characters’ actors or anything like that and I am so glad I did. I knew obviously that David Tennant and Michael Sheen are in it but I wasn’t sure which act played which out of Aziraphale and Crowley and pushed their images out of my head fairly quickly when reading.
The two main characters of Aziraphale and Crowley were hilarious and I loved every minute they were on page. I loved the humour and the commentary regarding religion that this book offered. Obviously some people may not like this but as an undecided faith (I sway between Pagan and Agnostic) the story really amused and intrigued me.
The writing is very much made up of my kind of humour, with great little footnotes, sarcasm and whit. I kept chuckling throughout and finding myself stopping to picture the scenes in my head. They were brilliant and random and altogether bonkers in places, and I loved it.
There’s no doubt at all that I will now go and watch the TV show and I will probably love it, but I am so glad that I read the book first as I know its going to hold a special place in my heart for a long while.
T watched the TV show as I read the book and said that he was a little annoyed by the ending so he doesn’t want to read the book. I reckon that the book must explain things a little better as when we spoke about it, the ending sounded very similar indeed. However I was more than happy with the way things panned out. It was an ongoing theme of the authors opinions of religion, good and evil and I loved it. So if you have watched the show and am not sure if you want to read the book or not, I think you should!
For more information about A Face Like Glass or to buy the book please visit:
Disclosure: Amazon link above is an affiliate link.