This is just one of my favourite books, I’ve no idea how many times I’ve read it but it always makes my laugh and I always notice something new in it.
I’m not going to go into the story too much, either you’ve already read it or I’ll just leave you to discover the pleasure yourself. It’s about Armageddon and involves angels, devils, witches, witchfinders, middle age BDSM courtesans (though not on Thursdays), the four horse(motorbike) men(women) of the apocalypse amongst other great characters. Oh yeah also four kids straight from Enid Blyton/Stephen King land.
Both these authors are great writers and it shows. Both their careers were taking off around this point in time and you can see why, they were at the top of their game. It’s laugh out loud one minute, then quite dark in another, but always with a point and some observation on the somewhat absurdity of existence.
Little things I noticed this time around. The great foresight of changing Pestilence to Pollution. It seems even more relevant now than it was then. I also enjoyed the disconnect that Azirophale and Crowley have to their superiors. As somebody who is a drone in a large corporation I understand this much better now.
A TV adaption has been released on Amazon so it’s the perfect time to dig into this. It’s a relatively small book and the pace is swift with no filler so the story fairly whips along. If you haven’t read this before I thoroughly recommend it.
5 stars out of 5