Overall, I’m conflicted. There are so many things I love about this book. However, there are a few things I dislike. Mainly I think there was at least a hundred pages that could have been cut or livened up. I remember realizing I had 130 pages left and just thinking “what in the eff are they going to do with this?” Otherwise the storyline and relationships are worth it even when they’re stretched out more than they should be.
I’ll be up front: I enjoy Gaiman’s writing so much more. Pratchett can be funny, but it’s kind of a drawn out dry humor. I’m a huge fan of his Dodger, but his adult books feel like they’re trying too hard to be witty. I read the back section of the book where Gaiman and Pratchett discuss what it was like writing this together and thus I know that the second half of the book is more written by Pratchett than Gaiman and is perhaps why I didn’t like it as much. Don’t cut me, this is just my opinion.
I think Pratchett’s writing and this book in general would have been splendid as an audiobook, but since it’s an instant classic I really wanted to hold it in my hands as I read. Still worth it.
I enjoyed the unpredictability of this story especially since it is literally based on predictions. I love Anathema Device and her predictions, but I can also see why it would be irritating and exhausting to have to scrounge for each and every detail. Regardless I like Anathema’s charm/ lack of charm that is somehow charming.
Aziraphale and Crowley are so likable even as they’re unlikable. I mean one is a demon and the other is a goody goody angel. Yet they find common ground and it’s totally understandable why there is so much fanfic of them getting together. I get annoyed when readers assume that two guy friends are automatically gay for each other just because they’re close because I think this alienates male relationships. Yet with this one I can’t tell if they’re meant for each other or if they’re just great friends. Either way there’s text to support it. So believe what you will and write glorious fanfic.
The ending is amazingly done and really drives home what the whole book is hinting. We get to choose if we’re evil. Yes nature and nurture are important but choice comes into play as well. Newt Pulsifer is a favored character for me because he’s just so bumbling and ridden with bad luck yet he’s lucky when it comes to the end times.
If you read the premise and think heck yeah let’s see what kind of shenanigans this demon and angel duo can get up to then yes you should read this. If you dislike angels or demons (mostly demons), even the potentially good kind then this isn’t the book for you.