Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
according to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future – the world will end on a Saturday.
Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea…
People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be skeptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. This time though, the armies of Good and Evil really do appear to be massing. The four Bikers of the Apocalypse are hitting the road. But both the angels and demons – well, one fast-living demon and a somewhat fussy angel – would quite like the Rapture not to happen.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…
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What can be said about this book that hasn’t already been expressed by it’s many fans? There’s nothing new under the sun.
But it’s precisely that which drives the book: Armageddon has been predicted since the beginning, and predicted again by a clever witch named Agnes Nutter, who wrote it all down in a nice and accurate way. Obviously we all know what’s going to happen right? It’s ineffable!
This book combines the brilliant historical and cultural wittiness Neil Gaiman is known for along with Terry Pratchet’s iconic fantastical and nonsensical writing. Balancing dark humor and lighthearted nonsense, readers are kept on their toes until the very end… of time.
Characters are charming and human, even the ones who aren’t quite human but wish to be. The desires of their hearts (to be seen, loved, known, good, useful) are ones that are relatable no matter how young or old, cynical or trusting a reader is.
Definite PG-13 content along with witchcraft, demons, and hellhounds makes this a book for older readers and people who are comfortable contemplating their own existence before brunch.
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