Yuletide Traditions: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

–Artwork by Linn C. Standal (The official cover artists aren’t fit to carry her brushes).

Because who doesn’t love an irreverent apocalypse with their winter holidays? Starring an angel, a demon, a part-time mystic and sex worker, half-batty militants, an heiress to a long-dead witch’s prophecy, and four 10-year-olds, one of whom just happens to be the Antichrist. I not only re-read the book, I also re-read all the fan-written stories by Vulgarweed (Rarefied Air, Through the Wire, Compromising Positions, Breathless Mouths May Summon). There’s a unique take on both the Christian and non-Christian aspects of the winter holidays in each (Hint: Crowley created the “war on Christmas,” both he and Aziraphale were in Rome during Caligula’s reign), in different centuries, no less (and yes they are all Aziraphale/Crowley, because *canon*).

This was another tradition that started somewhat accidentally — I bought the book on my brother Jason’s recommendation shortly after moving to Chicago. It was the first book I bought exclusively to read on the train (I took four trips per day between the ‘burbs, downtown, and Lincoln Park back then). It’s become one of my favorites and it is absolutely complimented by the time of year I re-read it.

~ by blackmoodcraft on December 6, 2013.

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