Already blazed through Good Omens season 2 and dying for more? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve found seven books Good Omens fans will love, full of demons, apocalypses and laugh-out-loud humor. Read on!
One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses by Lucy Corin
With apocalypses ranging from personal losses to global catastrophes, each reveals the complexities of humanity and a universal longing for a clean slate. Some wickedly funny, some haunting, these stories include a peculiar rite of passage for young girls, a California that burns while the east coast prospers and a soldier’s return from war resulting in a confrontation with a witch.
With stories ranging from a few sentences to near-novella length, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses imagines the end of the world in one hundred different ways. Good Omens fans are intimately familiar with potential apocalyptic outcomes, and Lucy Corin’s collection is sure to pique their interest.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
In an attempt to win the beautiful Victoria’s cold heart, Tristan Thorn ventures beyond the ancient wall surrounding their village to retrieve a fallen star. However, the world that waits beyond is a realm of enchantment where nothing is as he imagined – even the star. As Tristan explores the land of Faerie, he discovers that his journey holds far more than he bargained for.
Obviously, I had to include something else by Neil Gaiman on this list – the only question was which book? Stardust is fantastical and more than a little zany while not shying away from darker elements. It’s also nothing like the movie, so be sure to check them both out.
Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
Duke the werewolf and Earl the vampire are just passing through Rockwood County when they stop for a bite at Gil’s All Night Diner. When the owner offers them a hundred bucks to clean up a zombie problem, they think it’s easy money. It turns out, however, that zombies are just the beginning of their problems. Undead cattle, amorous ghosts and more plague Rockwood, and the fate of the world itself may hand in the balance.
A gory and hilarious romp, Gil’s All Fright Diner has everything Good Omens fans could ask for. It’s a campy novel starring two unlikely best friends – in this case, a vampire and a werewolf instead of an angel and a demon – facing the end of the world. It did originally come out in 2005, so take it with a grain of salt when it comes to representation, especially for its depictions of women.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Le Cirque des Rêves appears without warning and only opens at night. Unbeknownst to the mesmerized audience, a fierce competition between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, unfolds behind the scenes. Despite themselves, the two fall in love, unaware that this is a game only one can survive.
The Night Circus is definitely the least laugh-out-loud novel on this list. It is, however, a beautiful fairy tale of a story, about two magicians locked in a competition that spans their entire lifetimes. This is a gorgeous book about imagination, love and the delicate balance between light and darkness.
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
When a baby girl is born with wizard powers instead of the witchy kind, it throws the entire world into disarray. As the girl, Esk, grows up, her powers grow stronger and there’s only one place that can help her: the Unseen University for Wizards. But the stuffy old wizards there are stuck in their ways, and it’s going to take everything Esk has to gain admission and master her abilities.
Of course, I had to include a Terry Pratchett book on this list! Equal Rites is the third book in the Discworld series, but it’s an easy place to dive right in. This book is full of humor and heart, and while it’s certainly a farcical story, Pratchett looks at everything with a sense of wonder.
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Nathaniel, a young magician-in-training, is taken from his parents and apprenticed to a cruel master magician. After a humiliating encounter with the ruthless, powerful Simon Lovelace, seeks revenge and summons the ancient djinni Bartimaeus to help him steal a powerful artifact. But the 5,000-year-old Bartimaeus isn’t content to work for a child, and the quest leads them into a perilous and even deadly situation neither was prepared for.
The unlikely alliance between a smart-aleck djinn and a 12-year-old know-it-all makes The Amulet of Samarkand great for anyone who loves Good Omens, especially those who want to share their love with kids. The first book in Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy is full of humor, action and a ton of snarky footnotes.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Genie Lo doesn’t lose. She’s a high achiever determined to get into Harvard, even if it consumes her every waking hour. But when monsters from Chinese mythology invade her Bay Area hometown, she discovers she’s not just a teen – she’s a celestial spirit powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven itself. Alongside a transfer student who claims he’s the reincarnation of the Monkey King Su Wukong, Genie must get ahold of her powers and defend her sleepy hometown from demons.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is full of hell-spawn and over-achieving heroes, incorporating real, familiar mythologies into the story. F.C. Yee’s debut has such a distinct voice and tone that will definitely appeal to fans of Good Omens.
There you have it! Hopefully, these will keep you busy on the long wait for Good Omens season 3. Let us know what you think of these books, and give us some recommendations below
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