First, I would just like to say that this audiobook-motivation thing I have going on is working AWESOMELY for me. I’m up to running a regular 3.5 miles, three to four times a week. Of course, it helps that I have a buddy who will meet me every other morning at the butt-crack of dawn.
And I’m not going to lie, today I totally utilized the ten-minute rule. Me and my run-buddy actually stuck with slapping pavement for a full twenty minutes, but it just wasn’t working. It was 5:30am, and 77 degrees, and humid as all get-out. And I was hurting, and so was she. It was miserable for every second of those twenty minutes. We turned around and called it a day.
Of course, this means that our Friday morning run will be so amazing that we will be blurs, not even visible to the naked eye…
I’m not going to lie, I kind of felt like a rebel AND like a serious runner that I’ve actually hit a point where I can
run for a full ten minutes
feel okay about leaving it at twenty
Because you know what? I know I’ll be on the road, dodging traffic and feral dogs at 5:30am on Friday. That’s pretty cool.
All this is to preface the fact that I finished yet another book on my Book Bucket List, via the fabulous audiobook program.
I’ve actually finished three since we last spoke, but two are not from The List, so they are for another day.
Good Omens, written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, is hilarious. The basic premise is that the anti-Christ has been introduced to the world (in baby form) but there was a hospital nursery mix. The demon in charge of the switch is the one responsible, and the angel supposed to keep an eye out for all that missed it entirely. Also the angel and demon (both “banished” to earth) have an understanding, are kind of friends, although they still adhere pretty closely to “their side.” So the whole “end times” thing goes a bit wonky. (Ha! My non-American English slang gets better every day!)
Most of the story takes place when the kid (NOT named Nick, in case you were wondering) turns 11 years old, and both sides realize the mistake, and Armageddon is supposed to start but the kid has been raised by normal people instead of warlocks. Things really start to hop.
Why I liked it: It’s not really religious at all. I don’t know if my mom would appreciate it, but she might. It’s one of those books you have to read the same way you watch (and enjoy) shows like CSI. It’s just a story. As soon as you start comparing it to real life (or real religion, as the case may be), it gets difficult to have fun with.
Also, the narrator was Martin Jarvis, who narrated a bunch of “Jeeves” tapes, which are also highly entertaining. Jarvis is great; he does voices really well. (Remember “voices,” when grown-ups read stories to you? Most people stink at them, a few are really good. MJ is good.)
ALSO, although the book was very tongue-in-cheek and irreverent and all that, it actually managed to make some points about how we believe and what we cling to. It didn’t feel preachy, just fun, and in a take-it-or-leave-it sort of way. I think I’ve established that I like books that make me think, and this did, but funnily. So yeah. That was good.
Ultimately, it was a clever idea. It was a witty concept, and wittily executed. I did not feel let down in the least. (Most books that start out funny seem to go a little off by the end…)
Why I didn’t like it: No reasons for this one. I really enjoyed Good Omens. It was quirky and fun, just what I needed to keep me entertained as my lungs/knees/shins/ankles/side screamed at me for mile after mile, week after week.
Please keep that in mind if you check this book out at your local library then hate it. It’s good while running. That’s all I can guarantee.
(I feel like such a winner this week. Have you noticed?)