Okay, I’m sure I’m so far behind the curve on this one that it just might bite me in the butt, but I’ve accidently found a new writer, at least new to me anyway. You see, I found a book at McKays, Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and I truly laughed until I cried while reading it. The story is set in the endtimes, but the story is told from a humorous point of view with much discussion between the angels of good and evil about God and the “Inscrutable Plan”. Good stuff, funny, with lots of irony and tongue-in-cheek humor. But I was surprised, because Messrs. Gaiman and Pratchett are sci-fi writers and this is not usually my genre. I normally go for historical fiction and world history non-fiction, with a little crap by Tim Dorsey and anything written by Patricia Cornwell thrown in for fun. In fact, my latest tome before Good Omens was Guns, Germs and Steel, a non-fiction dissertation about how disease helped to develop the world as we know it today. Yeah, what can I say, I’m just a bundle of excitement, wrapped in a Woot Woot ribbon, blowing a party horn all the damned time. Already established, move along. Really, though, I tend to avoid the sci-fi aisles like the plague because the folks shopping there are always just a little odd – like maybe they have a Chewbacca costume in their car and some tennis balls wrapped in fake fur that they call Tribbles in their closet. Yeah, I know, big generalization, flame me all you want, but I’m warning you that nothing you say will hurt me now. Not after AC Kleinheider quoted my election post this week and everybody who commented presumed that I was referring to Tennessee only and basically called me a know-nothing asshat. I may be an asshat, but I’m not a know-nothing, I know what misogyny looks like, and I stand behind what I wrote. But I digress, that’s a different post, I’ll be writing it very soon… trust me.
Now, to get back to this one, I bought another book by Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters, and I’m hooked. Funny writer, funny story, good stuff. But, don’t take my word for it, try it yourself, that is if you dare. Oh and, if you do, welcome to Discworld!