Took me one whole other book and a forever to finish this book club assignment. Yet I must admit, the “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (ISBN 0060853980; 430p.; Goodreads) was a pretty damn nice and jolly read (yes, I said “jolly”). That, or I am extremely biased by another Crowley character being a guy with some serious sense of humor and class (and kinda gay if I let my imagination run wild).
Long ago this witch called Agnes Nutter wrote a whole book of very accurate and nice prophecies. One of them, the very last one, claimed the end of the world as battle between Heaven and Hell takes place, led by the Antichrist child. Both Heaven and Hell await this day dearly, and since the child is provided by Hell, it’s only natural demons will teach the child. There’s only one Angel out there who sees a flaw in it. And there’s only one demon who agrees with that angel…
Crowley is given the task of delivering the baby to satanist nuns. Doing so with a heavy heart, as heavy as a demon heart can get, he didn’t exactly expect to be running around wild, eleven years later, trying to find that same child. I mean, just how hard can it be to keep a track record of a child who shapes reality, and has a huge hell hound following him around? Well, apparently fairly hard if the child wasn’t, in fact, introduced to Heaven or Hell concepts.
Demon Crowley and Angel Aziraphael are the only souls under Heaven and above Hell who see the flaw in the whole “final war” plan. Either side winning means a great deal of losses. Not just because Heaven lacks good music, or Hell lacks decent entertainment other than soul torturing. It’s mostly because humans are a fairly plentiful source of fun. They write books, they make nice cars… And all that – gone?
I’ve been reading this book at day time, and at night time I’d go read Anne Rice’s “Memnoch the Devil”, and the two just fit so well together. There’s the Devil telling his story, here’s the Crowley trying to find Devil’s son. But taking all that away, since one book has nothing to do with the next, I did like Good Omens a plenty, and will give it whole 5 out of 5, for I can’t see exactly where I could take anything away.
Also I have this odd urge to paint Crowley in that one moment, where tension was breaking his physical self apart, for he had only his power of will keeping his favorite car moving and not falling apart.