God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of the other players (ie: everybody), to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time. (p.12)
The world is created by God on the 21st of October.
(Therefore)…the Earth’s a Libra. (p.12)
It has been inhabited for thousands of years, with plenty of jokes about dinosaurs that very few people get, until the end of the world comes.
THIS IS THE BIG ONE CROWLEY… AND IF IT GOES WRONG, THEN THOSE INVOLVED WILL SUFFER GREATLY, EVEN YOU, CROWLEY, ESPECIALLY YOU. (p.19)
And while Heaven and Hell have plans for their big war, plans they have been working on for a while and would really like to make use of since there was all that planning and gosh what a waste if not, however for one demon, Crowley, and one angle, Aziraphale, the Earth has become somewhat of a home and while they have their duties, they’d also like to keep their life styles.
Firstly, angles simply don’t dance. (p.235)
How can this balance out, if they’re fighting the ultimate powers to prevent the inevitable subscribed and prescribed conclusion of Earth? It is done with humour and the requirements of a good book.
There’s a demon who’s, arguably, doing good and an angle who’s, arguably, doing evil, and a young boy who’s going to become the Anti-Christ whether he likes the sound of that or not.
How’s the end of the world for s stake? Not enough? What about some romances, friendships, and detailing on a really well-kept Bentley.
There’s some stuttering here. Time does skip to keep following important happenings, but then halts with sideline characters. These add some extra gags about the human condition, but the humour alone might not keep the pages turning. Overall the pace and humour match well.
They have a seriousness and change in character but also have the consistent approach to their minor concerns and flaws that make for good humour.
How do we avoid the reckoning and rapture of Armageddon? Is that important enough to keep reading?
Personally this line works: “If I was in charge, I’d try makin’ people live a lot longer, like ole Methuselah. It’d be a lot more interestin’ and they might start thinkin’ about the sort of things they’re doing to all the enviroment and ecology, because they’ll still be around in a hundred years’ time.” (p.335)