Thursday, April 3, 2014

Good Story 080: Good Omens

Julie sees a little silhouetto of a man. Scott's just a poor boy, nobody loves him. Thunderbolts and lightning! Very, very frightening! They both listened to Tchaikovsky's Bohemian Rhapsody while driving to this discussion of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Episode 80! Galileo, Galileo...

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  1. Thanks for this one. I needed a laugh after all the "legalism" I've been dealing with recently. Not just about the Noah movie but with some of the more "I'm more orthodox and holier than thou" types which have always driven me up a wall. Sometimes it gets way too uptight for me.

    I have to admit, I've never read a Gaiman or Pratchett novel since I haven't met a story from either them that strikes me. This one does. The Chesterton dedication did it for me. Would you recommend it as a good first novel for either?

    As for Pullman, he's actually mellowed quite a bit over the years from what I've noticed. I read some interviews back when the books came out and he was not a very pleasant to listen to and was rather hateful. But I've seen more recent stuff and he's far more agnostic about his feelings to the Church and Christianity in general. For someone who claimed to want to be the "anti-C.S. Lewis" he sure has turned a corner.

    Dan Brown on the other hand has already revealed he just does it only to push buttons. His last book pushed overpopulation as an actual problem in the world. That's just his style.

    I guess I get more irritated at arrogance than I do at general hatred or ambivalence. It's one thing to say you don't believe in God, but it's quite another to say people who do are stupid mouth-breathers who are ruining the world. Pullman had that arrogance, but he seems to have thankfully grown out of it.

    Just a general question, have either of you considered covering a Chesterton book on here? He has so many different subjects he's covered.

    1. I definitely recommend this as an excellent starter for both authors. The best Gaiman novel, I think, is his first: Neverwhere. And the one that pulled me into Terry Pratchett was Witches Abroad, which does a lot with fairy stories.

      I have not read tons of Chesterton but enjoy his fiction best. The Club of Queer Trades would be a fun one to discuss.

  2. I haven't read any of GK Chesterton's fiction. Is The Club of Queer Trades a good place to start?

    I've read Chesterton's biographies of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas Aquinas.

  3. I think most people begin with the Father Brown mysteries. They are fine but ... I liked the Club of Queer Trades better. I haven't read tons of Chesterton though.

  4. I've read a few of Chesterton's fiction as well as non-fiction. For fiction, Manalive and The Napoleon of Notting Hill are rather short though I do think they would offer much to discuss. The obvious answer is The Man Who Was Thursday which is quite a ripping adventure and has an ending that I still wonder about every now and then. I think I need to re-read it, actually.

    As for non-fiction, wow, that's a long list. I would say a solid one would be "In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of GK Chesterton" which covers a lot of ground from Charles Dickens to something as simple as lying in bed. I always wonder what a conversation with him would be like.

    1. Probably the most fun you could imagine! Now that's something else I am going to look forward to in Heaven!