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While both authors are deservedly recognized as being the tops in their field, this 'combined writing adventure' leaves a great deal to be desired. The premise itself, a humorous view of the Fundie's mythical apocalypse, is highly commendable and is rife with potential humor. But, the quality humor had far greater lapses into sophomoric silliness and lacked the intensity that a shorter, more highly edited work would have provided. The story itself starts out very strong but quickly retreats into a scattered and difficult tale to follow as we tread from evil to good and back again.

The combined authorship reminds me of attempting to have two drivers from the Indy racing scene attempting to drive the same vehicle. Both try to take charge in order to win the race but because of this internal conflict they come in near to last place. Neil and Terry, it is easy to project that both of you are quite close and are good friends. The next time, however, one of you develops an idea let him, alone, drive the car while you remain in the stands cheering him on. Please !!
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on July 10, 2000
The vast majority of people who read this book seem to absolutely love it. In fact, it was after several ranting reviews that I finally picked it up. If you're a diehard Pratchett or Gaiman fan, you'll very likely love it.
However, for the rest of us, this is really not all it's cracked up to be. The characters are thin and one dimensional. A good lot of the jokes fall flat on their faces. The world's logic is extremely inconsistant within it's own scope. We all know that it's supposed to be absurd and rediculous from time to time -- and sometimes it does so well. Too many others, and it does so a bit too poorly.
The most entertaining bits seem to involve the vast and frequent footnotes.
All in all, if you're looking for a a classic Brit Humor tale about an eleven year old Antichrist, this book is for you. If this sort of thing isn't your cup of tea, ignore your friends and co-workers and move on.
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on March 9, 2003
A very ill advised descision by the authors to include such done to death concepts as from the point of view of angels in the modern world. That's why I hated the RPG "In Nomine."
About the only main attempt at humor would "Ha Ha look at these supposedly celestial beings, and they're holding up ordinary jobs, ha ha ha. How twisted is that?"
If you want to see a funny parody of the apocalypse, check out the website: Apocamon the Final Judgement. It's no where near complete, but its free and its illistrated, and it's far more amusing.
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on July 12, 2003
The book had great potential with respect to plot and characters. It DID have some very funny dashes of wit - presumably c/o Pratchett's input no doubt. However, I found the story rather monotone, predictable, and uneventful throughout.
How could two such talented writters come up with this stroke of syrup? Honestly, I couldn't believe how terribley disappointed I was when I had finished it.
I obviously don't recommend it, because it was terribly BORING.
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on July 22, 2003
Have to agree with the previous writer. What a bust this book was, and it had the materials to be so much better. Aside from a couple guffaws and chuckles (in particularance towards the convolutination of the communicance of the perpelxinating military jargonance) this book was a bore, moved slowly, not as imaginative as it promises to be, and pages plodded by with nothing happening.
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on June 4, 1998
Let me start by saying that before I decided to post my own review, I read EVERY other review posted to see if anyone agreed with me. I was overwhelmed by a sea of "10's" and "9's" and was left wondering if perhaps I did not give the book a fair chance. The thing is, I am more than one half through the book and have not even begun to giggle. I do not find the jokes funny, and I have a wonderful sense of humor (which is why I bought the book and, unfortunately, it's empty promises). I understood all the innuendos and sarcasms. But, for example, I also found the numerous footnotes bland and disappointing, like much of what I have read from this book. Because not once was the humor surprising. I mean, nothing caught me off-guard, which would have really made me laugh out loud. Many times I shouted mental "Oh, Come on!" or "Oh, Please!" I have very much enjoyed Gaiman's previous works. In fact, "Neverwhere" is my favorite read. In my opinion, he should stick to dark fantasy, because this type of humor evidently does not agree with me. I give it a 4 because I am still waiting for those supposed "side-splitting" laughs.
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on June 18, 2003
Maybe I'm just in a bad mood, but these two guys were trying way too hard to be Douglas Adams, and it shows. For starters, they fail miserably. Imitation is the best form of flattery but outright plaigarism is illegal. A handful of funny bits but essentially nonsensical. Decent, brain-dead fare for a long train trip, but you'll be throwing it right in the bin once you arrive at your destination. You'd be much better of with a 'Hitchhiker' book.
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