It’s twenty five years since Good Omens was published, as this Guardian article reminds us. I seem to have lost more copies of this than any other book, lending it out to friends and it’s probably my most recommended book. The BBC did a rather good radio adaptation of this last year which is worth tracking down – it includes a cameo from Gaiman and Pratchett. Gaiman had to read the lines to Pratchett to repeat due to his “embuggerance” which led to his death shortly afterward.
Twenty-five years on, the book has lasted surprisingly well. Pratchett and Gaiman’s obsession with tech meant they were ahead of the curve when it came to the “slim computers” that demon Crowley likes so much. Some things haven’t changed: “All that lather comes up from the centre of the Earth, where it’s all hot,” says a member of Adam’s gang. “I saw a programme. It had David Attenborough, so it’s true.” And the real end of the world that Adam foresees is closer and scarier than ever: “Everyone’s goin’ around usin’ up all the whales and coal and oil and ozone and rainforests and that, and there’ll be none left for us. We should be goin’ to Mars and stuff, instead of sittin’ around in the dark and wet with the air spillin’ away.”
I’m still coming to terms with the fact there’s no new Discworld novel to read this Christmas. I’m promising myself a chronological re-read of the whole lot starting in 2016.