“Hell wasn’t a major reservoir of evil, any more than Heaven, in Crowley’s opinion, was a fountain of goodness; they were just sides in the great cosmic chess game. Where you found the real McCoy, the real grace and the real heart-stopping evil, was right inside the human mind.”
― Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is on of my all time favorite books. I have read it multiple times and have owned multiple copies. I keep lending the book out to friends and then have to buy another copy to re-read. The image above is the current book I own, but I also bought the kindle version last year so I could re-read on my phone while putting the kids to bed before the video came out.
I first learned about this book during my freshman year in college. I was staying in the dorms over the summer while I completed a summer research program and wanted some new books to read. So I went to the bookstore and asked the nice woman working behind the counter:
Me: I am looking for a good book to read.
Her: Okay, do you like funny books?
Her: Okay, I have the perfect book.
To note that I am always surprised when telling this story that she was able to suggest a perfect book and not laugh at my request.
If you have not had the pleasure of reading it, I highly recommend it. We will also be using some of our favorite quotes from the book at least for now at the beginning of this journey.
Also, the Good Omens miniseries is fantastic and holds very close to the book, presumably through Neil Gaiman’s influence. I do love one major change though: making the voice of God that of a woman.