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Lord of Light

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny is not necessarily a book that would have caught my curiosity on its own. This book was actually given to me as a gift by my mother after she learned that it was a book that inspired Neil Gaiman to want to be a writer. I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but I didn’t expect something entertaining, something inspiring. What I got was a story that, at first, I had a hard time wrapping my head around, but as I moved through it, I slowly came to an understanding.

This book follows the story of Sam, on who is called the Buddha in a world not quite like our own, but one ruled by gods who are determined to make the people of the world depend on them for eternity. Sam, however, has a different plan for the progression of mankind, which leads him into a battle against the gods.

This is one of those stories that I am certain I did not fully grasp on this first read through, one of those stories that will reveal so much more on a second or third read. Going into it without any idea regarding what it contained, I found myself confused halfway through. (I later discovered that this was due in part to the fact that the story is not told chronologically.) Trying to piece together the sections of the story, doing my best to comprehend where I was in time at any given point, detracted from my being able to devote my attention to the message of the story itself. By the time I reached the end, I wish I had paid more attention to Sam’s message, and the message of the gods presented in the story. This is my goal for my next read, to understand the text on a deeper level and not to get distracted by what is superficial.

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Good Omens

Good Omens is an older book written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. If you are a fan of these authors’ styles, then this book is definitely entertaining. However, if you’re not big on British sarcasm and wit, you’ll probably find yourself completely unamused.

The book follows two supernatural beings: Aziraphale (an angel) and Crowley (a demon). Each is the representative on Earth for Heaven and Hell. Their jobs: bring about the Apocalypse without any snags along the way. The only problem is that after a couple thousand years on Earth, they have both grown to like the place and hate the idea of seeing it destroyed.

British wit is something I find highly entertaining. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors (and the reason I pick up this book in the first place). I was not disappointed. Good Omens was everything I had hoped it would be. And it was refreshing for me as well. It had been a while since I had read something written in this vein—sarcastic, witty, humorous—and it was just what I needed after dealing with some heavier texts.

Though the book is around 400 pages, I would say it’s a light read. It has uncomplicated prose and you can move through it pretty quickly. So if you are looking for something to give you a good laugh and be entertaining, Good Omens is definitely a good choice.

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