…by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
Get ready – The Anti-Christ (well, actually, the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness) is born…Armageddon is to begin…Apocalypse is about to happen. This is a novel about all that. As Heaven and Hell prepare for the war that will bring about the end of the world, they hand over the task of having the Anti-Christ raised in earth among humans to Crowley, the demon and Aziraphale, the angel. The demon and the angel are left clueless as to where the real Anti-Christ is when they find out that the wrong baby was switched during birth. And there goes the story about…
How they go about finding the real Anti-Christ. Whether or not the Anti-Christ knows his true colors. The events that lead to the judgment day. What happens on that day – is there a war between the Heaven and the Hell? Does the Anti-Christ join hands with his troops? Does humanity come to an end – If so, who won – good (Heaven) or evil (Hell)? If not, then why, what stopped it from happening?
That’s the story in short. There are many other interesting characters and incidents in the novel that I won’t be able to do any justice to writing a summary…you have to read it to get the big picture. Now my thoughts…
I was very skeptical when I picked up this book because I wasn’t sure if it was something I would enjoy. But just after reading a few pages, I was immersed into it. The dark, twisted sense of humor in the writing kept me going. I smiled, I laughed, I smiled more, and I laughed even more. Page after page of unending humor is a treat, I tell you. The conversations between the demon and the angel, the demon’s cool, not-so-good (well, duh!), not-so-bad character, the friendship between the angel and the demon, the common interest they share – stopping the Apocalypse from happening because they find the human race amusing in their own ways, the characters of Anti-Christ (11 years old) and his friends – everything was put together so well in the novel.
Too many incidents and characters pop up here and there, but everything weaves back beautifully to the central theme of the story. The writing style is simple and amusing. It won’t fail to put a grin on your face. The story follows a swift pace, without many unwanted tangents.
The book was not only funny, but also philosophical at certain points, at least I felt so – how, the fact that the Anti-Christ got away from growing up under the influence of Good and Evil and was brought up just as a normal human child, molds his character; the demon, in one of his conversations, tells the angel that, at times, even Hell can’t manage to match the amount or torture humans bring upon their own kind; etc. brings some very interesting thoughts to ponder upon.
Overall, a highly recommended read…I’m pretty sure I will read it again someday.
Oh, did I mention that Crowley, the demon, is the new love of my life? The man (ooops, the demon) drives a Bentley, owns this awesome apartment in London, has this great sense of humor, isn’t afraid of taking risks…what can I say, I’ve fallen for him head over heels. Do let me know of your favorite character.
My rating: 5*.
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