A Gaiman Double Feature! Review of Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman (editor) & Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Unnatural Creatures

Summary (from Goodreads):

Unnatural Creatures is a collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds—collected and introduced by beloved New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology.

Sales of Unnatural Creatures benefit 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students in their creative and expository writing, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Review:

Needless to say I am a huge Gaiman fan (writing a review for two of his novels is a dead give away!), so when I saw this collection of short stories edited by him, I had no option, but to buy the book … and it did not disappoint!

Each story in the collection is unexpected, spine-tingling, surprising, hair-raising, and utterly original. The blurbs before each story gives insight into the author as well as sets the stage (a little) for the story ahead.

If you enjoy anything unexpected or unusual or just stories that linger in the corners of your mind long after the last sentence is read, then I cannot recommend this one enough!

Good Omens

Summary (from Goodreads):

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes NutterWitch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

Review:

As much as I love Gaiman and Pratchett, this one took a little while to get into. I was a bit confused in the beginning, especially about the loss of the Antichrist, but about twenty-five pages in (it’s worth it to keep going), it all started to fall humorously into place.

Like both author’s previous work, this novel is unexpected and tackles a big idea – the idea of faith, good and evil, and humanity –  in a, sometimes confusing, but always humorous way.

Recommended.

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