It is the end of the world as we know it, or rather as Gaiman and Pratchett know it. Gaiman seems to handle the horror side of things while Pratchett handles the ironic humour and the kids.I was slightly disappointed by Good Omens: I did not realize
..."ot realize how juvenile it was going to be overall. Pratchett seems to love writing about little gangs of kids and that is fine but the cutesy humour is a bit much, most of which seems to centre around kids saying things and getting the words hilariously muddled because they are talking about grown-up stuff and do not quite know about the Big World Out There. Awww, so cuuute!! That got slightly old very quickly.
Overall the humour is very juvenile but not in a way that would particularly appeal to juveniles, I think. It would appeal more to grownups who like reading about cute kids than to cute kids. There is also a Pratchett staple: young pre-pubescent girl who is completely a poster child for Woman Power, or whatever. She totally dominates the boys around her (who fear her temper and swift reprisals) and is described as possessing indomitable strength of character. Fine and well, but a bit over-the-top formulaic and an approach that necessarily requires the boys to be depicted in a sexist light, and to be violently beaten up. Not so sure I entirely support that tactic.
On the whole I would recommend it as a light read. Some of the humour is very good and Gaiman's horror elements can be quite awesome.Continua...Nascondi
I had high expectations for this book, and they have been more than confirmed, I would say that I liked it even more than I imagined! As Clive Barker said, the Apocalypse has never been funnier! And this book is really fun, and exciting, and
..." brilliant, and characters are wonderful, and the story interesting, and reading it in English is even more awesome! :) When I finish reading a good book I'm always a bit sad, but this time I must say that I was more sad than usual, I miss it already!
Avevo grandi aspettative per questo libro, e sono state più che confermate, anzi, direi che mi è piaciuto anche più di quanto immaginavo! Come ha detto Clive Barker, l’Apocalisse non è mai stata più divertente! E questo libro è davvero divertente, ed emozionante, e geniale, e i personaggi meravigliosi, e la storia interessante, e leggerlo in inglese è ancora più bello! :) Quando termino la lettura di un bel libro sono sempre un po’ triste, ma stavolta devo dire che mi è dispiaciuto più del solito, già mi manca!
4 days. This is how long it took me to get to page 115, trying hard to keep going, before sucumbing poorly to the fact that no, it's not for me. Must be something about Pratchett's writing, as I usually like Neil (apart from Graveyard book, but
...", but everyone fails sometimes). I found this book tedious beyond belief and of the sort of snotty humour that I don't get and/or like.Continua...Nascondi
"Wud he be harder to get rid of than, say, a demon?" asked Shadwell, who had begun to brighten."Not much more," said Aziraphale, who had never done other to get rid of demons than to hint to them very strongly that he, Aziraphale, had some work to
...some work to be getting on with, and wasn't it getting late?Continua...Nascondi
Over the years a huge number of theological manhours have been spent debating the famous question:How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?In order to arrive at an answer, the following facts must be taken into consideration:Firstly, angels
...n: Firstly, angels simply don't dance. It's one of the distinguishing characteristics that mark an angel. They may listen appreciatively to the Music of the Spheres, but they don't feel the urge to get down and boogie to it. So, none. At least, nearly none. Aziraphale had learned to gavotte in a discreet gentlemen's club in Portland Place, in the late 1880s, and while he had initially taken to it like a duck to merchant banking, after a while he had become quite good at it, and was quite put out when, some decades later, the gavotte went out of style for good. So providing the dance was a gavotte, and providing that he had a suitable partner (also able, for the sake of argument, both to gavotte, and to dance it on the head of a pin), the answer is a straightforward one.Continua...Nascondi
NOTE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND AMERICANS: One Shilling = Five Pee. It helps to understand the antique finances of the Wichfinder Army if you know the original British monetary system:Two farthings = One Ha'penny. Two ha'pennies = One Penny. Three pennies
...nnies = A Thrupenny Bit. Two Thrupences = A Sixpence. Two Sixpences = One Shilling, or Bob. Two Bob = A Florin. One Florin and One Sixpence = Half a Crown. Four Half Crowns = Ten Bob Note. Two Ten Bob Notes = One Pound (or 240 pennies). One Pound and One Shilling = One Guinea. The British resisted decimalized currency for a long time because they thought it was too complicated.Continua...Nascondi