A longish time ago, God made the Earth… then put some dino fossils around to mess with people. Then came Adam and Eve. You know the story. Naked man names some animals and gets lonely so God steals his rib and makes woman. Slithery serpent comes down and tempts the couple. God punishes them by casting them out of Eden and puts an angel at the gate with a flaming sword. The angel is Aziraphale – he likes books. The serpent is the demon Crowley (or Crawly), who is described as “An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.” They’re not friends. Well, okay, they are. But can’t be – shouldn’t be? It’s complicated. If you hung out with a guy for several thousand years, you’d probably get a little attached too.
During their time on Earth, this Angel and Demon combo brought about all sorts of good and evil into the world such as the M25 Motorway, Crowley’s most prized effort of evil. And y’know what? They kinda like it here… which turns out to be a bit of a problem when Crowley is tasked with swapping an American child with the Anti-Christ. Not wanting the world to end, the odd couple decides to take part in the raising of Warlock (of course that would be his name) to be stuck somewhere between the ideologies of Good and Evil.
It goes as well as you think it would go especially considering that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are gathering, the descendant of a prophetic witch is walking about, and – oh yeah – an air-headed nun who is really a satanist but fits in really well with a sect of nuns who never stop talking gets the babies mixed up with a third.
Soon to be an HBO series written by Neil Gaiman himself and starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, Good Omens is full of Terry Pratchett’s surreal dry humor and Neil Gaiman’s insightful look into religion and mythology Good Omens.
I really appreciated the tone of book: a smidgen irreverent about the end of the world with little footnotes here and there about random bits of trivia concerning the people, places, things, and ideas of the story.