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Parasha: Good Omens, March 16th reading

And now after a bunch of "days" that were pretty much one reading per section, we start on Saturday. Here's where it all starts going down. Which is somewhat hinted at by the whole "the last day of the world" thing. Y'know, for the less observant.

The delivery man certainly is, ah, devoted! Yes... and it's hard to see Death here, and not feel like you're back in the Discworld, in a manner of speaking. At least, for those of us who read and re-read the series.

Shadwell is just... ew. But I guess that is the point!

The old British money amounts always confuse me. I mean, I've certainly seen the rundown of them before (not just in the footnotes here), and at least have an idea of some things, but others just slip away, because it's too much to keep straight!

I also don't get the "Dick Turpin" reference, and can't remember if it's explained or not. He was a highwayman, but I don't know if he's trying to imply that he got taken in by highway robbery buying it, or... what. (Which doesn't mesh with him trying to convince others of how great it is.)

"Something to do with maypoles I think." Heh. Hehheh. *ahem*

I think they've got the general weirdness and hard-to-pin-downness of prophecies just right!

I can't read the bit about the Them sharing out the world now, without flashing back to "when I give her the keys to a shiny new Austraaaaliaaaa..."

Notes: The Sealed Knot. Just one of those reenactment thingies. Well, and originally a Royalist movement. Apparently.

Oh hai Mr. Schedule!

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krfsm
Mar. 16th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Re: "Dick Turpin" - it's explained later in the book, but if you want I can spoil it.
stormfeather
Mar. 16th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
Ah, no worries then. I can wait, I just couldn't remember if it was explained or not. :)
rimrunner
Mar. 16th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
I read Good Omens before I read any Discworld books (I picked it up because it had Neil Gaiman's name on it; I was in college and a huge Sandman fan).

I remember initially being somewhat disappointed that Death wasn't the Death of the Sandman series. But I got over it. ;)

Edited at 2011-03-16 10:04 pm (UTC)
stormfeather
Mar. 16th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
Both Deaths are pretty awesome. (And how often do you get to say that?) I'm glad I don't have to choose between them!

I doubt the Sandman Death would have worked well here, though...
jsbowden
Mar. 17th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
I found echoes of the Death in Discworld here, but the Death in Good Omens was somehow more malevolent. It's more like the if the replacement Death in Reaper Man had won.
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