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Wed, 19 Apr 2006:

I picked up Good Omens a while back. The reason I bought it was because I saw the twin pairs of the hardbounds and in a moment of book lust decided that I'd buy the paperback. And a few feet away, perched on top of a bookshelf was the cheap paperback edition. From desire to demand and satisfaction in five minutes.

The moment I opened the book and read the first three pages, I knew I needed this book. The last time I felt this pulled in by a book was when I read the this is not her story in H2G2. These are those fateful lines - read them and understand.

... and was able to announced triumphantly that the Earth was created
on Sunday the 21st of October, 4004 B.C, at exactly 9:00 AM, because
God liked to work done early in the morning while he was feeling fresh.

This too was incorrect. By almost a quarter of an hour.

Secondly,the Earth's a Libra.

LIBRA. 24 September-23 October.
   You may be feeling run down and always in the 
   same old daily round. 

The basic idea of antichrist as being neither good or bad, but merely a mass of potential was interesting. Especially interesting are the side jokes, like Death's comments about Elvis or the hell hound transformed into a mongrel. Also there are the philosophical question of an angel and a demon co-operating as is observed between solidiers who have more in common with each other than with their superiors. Side references to the uncertainity of the result of Doomsday also raise questions about religion without directly denying the omnipotence of God. A lot of interesting things compressed into a paperback, and that's why I like it.

Also got my hands on the The Truth, which is quite in the league of Going Postal. Quite enjoyable, except for the portrayal of Sachrissa which could've been a little toned down (bosoms and black dresses, y'know). And quite an interesting insight into the world of Unorganized crime in Ankhmorpork. That book was hard to put down but when you're through you're through. The typos in the news paper motto was funny - the truth shall set you fret and the Worde family motto - mot juste.

Now, I have Thud left to read. I guess I'll wait for the paperback to come out.

<OldMonk> in india, we do not think... we know

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