Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
By Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Genre: Fantasy, Humor, Fiction
Synopsis as provided by GoodReads.com:
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
What are some things that you look for in a good book? A good plot? Intriguing characters? Relationships of different kinds?
Well I can easily say that Good Omens provides all of these and more and is one of the funniest satires that I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
I’m sad to say that I have never read any of Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett’s other books. Their writing styles are that which I thoroughly enjoy and the kind that make it hard to put a book down. I will definitely be checking out more of what they have to offer as solo authors.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is a book that will have even the most cynical of people laughing out loud on a number of occasions, while keeping you smiling throughout the entire story.
The tempo and pace of the book join like a song and dance, so smoothly as the theme of “good vs. evil” represented by the demon, Crowley and his ‘earth-life-long friend’ (let’s be honest, when you get drunk together you are considered friends) Aziraphale have to work together to stop the end of the world.
From Adam, the anti christ (or my favorite, his hell hound which turns out to be a cute little dog, not menacing at all), to The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse (or my other favorite, the other bikers who rode behind them… that scene had my sides hurting), the characters are all intriguing and help move the story along while keeping with the themes of good vs. evil, nature vs. nurture, and even ying and yang.
I really enjoyed every minute of reading this book and can’t wait to see how they manage to bring the characters to life in the TV show Amazon is planning based on the book.
Have you read it? What were you thoughts? Let me know in the comments!