"I tied up every portable telephone system in Central London for forty.. five minutes at lunchtime," he said.
There was silence, except for the distant swishing of cars.
“Yes?” said Hastur. “And then what?”
“Look, it wasn’t easy,” said Crowley.
“That’s all?” said Ligur.
“And exactly what has that done to secure souls for our master?” said Hastur.
Crowley pulled himself together.
What could he tell them? That twenty thousand people got bloody furious? That you could hear the arteries clanging shut all across the city? And that then they went back and took it out on their secretaries or traffic wardens or whatever, and they took it out on other people? In all kinds of vindictive little ways which, and here was the good bit, they thought up themselves For the rest of the day. The pass along effects were incalculable. Thousands and thousands of souls all got a faint patina of tarnish, and you hardly had to lift a finger.
But you couldn’t tell that to demons like Hastur and Ligur. Fourteenth century minds, the lot of them. Spending years picking away at one soul. Admittedly it was craftsmanship, but you had to think differently these days. Not big, but wide. With five billion people in the world you couldn’t pick the buggers off one by one any more; you had to spread your effort. But demons like Ligur and Hastur wouldn’t understand. They’d never have thought up Welsh language television, for example. Or valueadded tax. Or Manchester.
He’d been particularly pleased with Manchester.
—"Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (via nightswimming)
But please, if you’re reading a book that’s killing you, put it down and read something else, just as you would reach for the remote if you weren’t enjoying a TV program.
- Nick Hornby, Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books (via beckisbookshelf)
LIfe’s honestly too short to read bad or even mediocre books, especially when there are so many wonderful ones out there, just waiting for you to pick them up.
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