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The Best of The Week

Title: Good Omens
Authors: Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Year: 1990
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0-06-085398-3

Spoofing serious works of art is now rather mainstream. The first spoof I can remember watching and really liking is the film Dogma, starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Rock and many others. Many of the people around me did not like the film because they said it was blasphemous. But I really, really liked it. So, reading this book now, and while appreciating some of the bits meant to be funny, I was just mildly amused. The only bit I really found funny was the response of War when she got her sword and summons to ride for Armageddon. The rest of it was just bleh because I've seen most of the tropes elsewhere. Further, the writing style is a bit like H2G2 which became rather cloying after the first book. An example from H2G2 is "at first, nothing happened. After a while, nothing continued to happen." I think I…

 

If you don't know how love alters you 

it must seem strange to hear it described as contradictory 

 

If you do know- if you have this scar,  this imprint

you smile when someone tells you about their history 

 

You might talk about what you hate, what you miss, what you cannot forget

to an audience of people who can't parse the conflicting syllables …

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