A Tattered Page: Good Omens

Devil May Care Horns n HaloA Tattered Page is a little bit different as far as events since you actually have to read a book, do something a little extra.  Frankly I adore it.  I’ve been able to read over the past few rounds great books like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Frankenstein.  This round was Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.  I had never read this book before and I am so glad I took the time to.  I really really enjoyed it.  So what happens when a demon gives the anti-christ baby to a nun to switch with a human baby but she gives it to the wrong family?  Right there you know that this is going to be interesting.  Up there too with every cassette tape that is in Crowley’s car changing to a best of Queen album if left for more than 2 weeks. I loved little parts of it, laughing out loud while reading them.

“We’ll win, of course,” he said,
“You don’t want that,” said the demon.
“Why not, pray?”
“Listen,” said Crowley desperately, “how many musicians do you think your side have got, eh?  First grade, I mean.”
Aziraphale looked taken aback.
“Well, I should think —” he began.
“Two,” said Crowley.  “Elgar and Liszt.  That’s all.  We’ve got the rest.  Beethoven, Brahms, all the Bachs, Mozart, the lot.  Can you imagine eternity with Elgar?’
Aziraphale shut his eyes.  “All too easily,” he groaned.

A very good read and I really recommend it to anyone.

The quote that I chose was this:

If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boy and his dog and his friends.  And a summer that never ends.
    And if you want to imagine the future, imagine a boot…no, imagine a sneaker, laces trailing, kicking a pebble; imagine a stick, to poke at interesting things, and throw for a dog that may or may not decide to retrieve it;  imagine a tuneless whistle, pounding some luckless popular song into insensibility; imagine a figure, half angel, half devil, all human…

I liked it.  It got me to thinking that inside everyone of us there’s a little bit devil, a little bit angel but a whole lot of human and you can never really account for how that might turn out.  How things might work out or what we might think or do because really… it is always up in the air until we really decide which way we’re going to go.  We all have the potential to be angelic or devilish but one thing that I liked about this book too while we figure out which way we might sway…. is to have a bit of fun along the way.

    “Adam looked up.  Above him hung an old apple tree, gnarled and heavy.  It might have been there since the dawn of time.  Its boughs were bent with the weight of apples, small and green and unripe.
    With  the speed of a striking cobra the boy was up the tree.  He returned to the ground seconds later with his pockets bulging, munching noisily on a tart and perfect apple.
    “Hey! You! Boy!” came a gruff voice from behind him. “You’re that Adam Young!  I can see you!  I’ll tell your father about you, you see if I don’t.!”
    Parental retribution was now a certainty, thought Adam, as he bolted, his dog by his side, his pockets stuffed with stolen fruit.
    It always was.  but if wouldn’t be till this evening.
    And this evening was a long way off.
    He threw the apple core back in the general direction of his pursuer, and he reached into a pocket for another.
    He couldn’t see why people made such a fuss about people eating their silly old fruit anyway, but life would be a lot less fun if they didn’t.  And there never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it.”

And with that… I hope you enjoy my little offering.  A set of horns with a halo too.  Why be one when you can be a bit of both?

Available today at the  A Tattered Page Library  and at my main store.

Have fun and thanks so much for reading!

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