So I know what you’re thinking. Another Neil Gaiman book?! What can I say, the man is a master, this must be The Year of Neil Gaiman for me. I was browsing Goodreads for some suggestions to fill my ” A book by multiple authors” category for my 2017 book challenge and this was a recommended read, so of course I had to go for it.
It’s the end of the world….seriously. The Riders of the Apocalypse are assembling, the Lost City of Atlantis has risen, the Kracken has been released, and fish are falling from the skies. Oh, and the Antichrist seems to be missing. Tibetans are also tunneling all over the world and are popping up at inopportune times but yes, the world is coming to an end. Everything is going pretty much to plan based on The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. Aziraphale and Crowley, Angel and Demon respectively, have lived on Earth with the humans for centuries and aren’t really too thrilled with the idea of the Apocalypse. The forces are mounting and the battle lines drawn, now if only they could find the damn Antichrist…..
It pains me to say that I didn’t love love love this book as I did with all the other Gaiman books I’ve read. It was slow going for me but once I hit the half way mark things definitely picked up, so I won’t say I disliked it per se, just that it wasn’t my favorite. The entire book was comical and satirical which I enjoyed. There was a good deal of fun poked at humans and humanity in general which was so fitting and much appreciated (humans can be assholes, no?). The characters were rich, and not how you may expect, say an angel and demon, to be portrayed. Famine was by far my favorite Rider of the Apocalypse by portraying not just the quintessential idea of famine (starving and death and all that jazz) but societal pressures to be thin and waif-like, inducing a self imposed famine on entire generations of people. That coupled with the pre-processed foods (fastfood/junkfood/fake food) that we seem to shove down our throats on any given day which provide zero nutritional content was really spot on. Overall enjoyable book, bringing a light-hearted and comical approach to an otherwise dark topic with some real zingers on humanity as a whole (much deserved though folks, again….assholes).
Of note- I’ve read that they are creating a BBC miniseries based on the book and the casting is ON. POINT. I will most certainly be tuning in for this one!
See ya next week!