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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Hardcover – February 28, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
The Antichrist is coming. The world's about to end. The only problem is the "rank and file" angels and demons (who've begun to enjoy each other's company and understand each other over the eons) aren't so sure they want Armageddon to come.
I'll keep this short. I adore Douglas Adams and the twisted wry humour found in both his "Hitchhiker's Trilogy" and the books of the Dirk Gently series. The blurb said it was similar. I gave it a try. It was.
You will especially enjoy this if you have:
1) a DECENT working knowledge of Christianity (to get some of the subtle digs)
2) a knowledge of pop culture depictions of evil (the Exorcist movies and the like)
3) the ability to laugh at your own religious perspectives
I consider myself an evangelical and thought this was laugh out loud outrageous. But if you're of the mindset that God can't take a joke, well, you're probably better off with a different book...
In the first edition, the full title of this book was "The Nice & Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch." "Nice," in this context, meaning precisely correct. Agnes saw it all coming, from her being burned alive as a witch to the air force base where Armageddon will begin ("Peas is our professiune."). Agnes, her descendant, Anathema, the Four Horseman - Horsepersons - and the Other Four Horseman (a different chapter of Hell's Angels); it all comes together with the serried ranks of angels and demons gathered overhead.
Yes, this is an hysterically funny book. A satire and a parody, it lampoons everything in sight. From Elvis sightings to televangelists to the destruction of all intelligent life ("nothing left but dust and fundamentalists."), little escapes the scathing wit of Gaiman and Pratchett.
Of course the demon, Crowley, drives a 1926 Bentley. Of course any tape left in its glove box for more than two weeks turns into something by Queen. Of course the flaming sword used by War is delivered to her by International Express.
And what happens to the telephone solicitor, Lisa Morrow? Come on now, you secretly thought all telephone solicitors deserved it, right?
In the tradition of Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain, the satire makes a point. That point may be unpalatable to the religiously inflexible, or to those whose sense of righteousness hampers their sense of humor.Read more ›
This is a comedy of errors about the eschaton, the Antichrist, and Armageddon. My wife & I grew up taking the Apocalypse quite seriously. That served only to make this book funnier. Our children, who couldn't tell an antichrist from an anti-Chrystler, found the book entertaining as well.
Fast read. Lots of fun. If you've read all of Douglas Adams' books and are hungering for more, this is the book for you! You might consider following it with Terry Prachett's Small Gods.
(If you enjoyed this review, please leave positive feedback. To see more of my reviews, click on the "about me" link above. Thanks!)
Someone recommended this to me as "a funny book about the Apocalypse", and I was a little nervous -- I've never read the Bible, so would I not "get" the jokes? But an in-depth insight into religion is not needed; all you need is a sense of humor and a knowledge of the most basic points of Christian theology/culture (angels, devils, nuns, etc.).
The book centers around the actions of Aziraphale, an angel and part-time rare book dealer, and Crowley, a demon who's in love with his black vintage Bentley. Both have been on Earth since "the Beginning," which has produced something of a sense of camaraderie, although their respective supervisors fear that the two are "going native." The Apocolypse is scheduled to begin soon, but, alas, Crowley seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. Armed with little else than "Best of Queen" tapes and a rare book of obtuse prophecies, they race to track down the Antichrist before he gains the use of his powers. Joining in the fight are a witch and a wages clerk/Witchfinder Private. Sound odd? It does to them too. But one thing's for sure: once the Four Bikers (nee Horsepeople -- War's a woman) of the Apocolypse ride out, all is lost...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of those rare books that when you read it, you'll want everyone you know to read it too! It is clever, dark and freakin hilarious! Read morePublished 1 day ago by HPH
A funny, quirky story about the end of days.
"Many people, meeting Aziraphale for the first time, formed three impressions: that he was English, that he was intelligent,... Read more
This is one of my favorite books, and my absolute favorite humorous book. I'm not going to bother to describe it. Read it. Just read it.Published 1 day ago by Kira S.
Because of all of the footnotes, It does not work well on Kindles. There is no way of flipping back and forth between the text and the footnote, so the reader is left waiting until... Read morePublished 2 days ago by AX MAN
Pratchett & Gaiman the two gods of modern story telling. It's just two bad we lost Pratchett.Published 2 days ago by John M Wallace
A wild and crazy farce from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, about the end of the world-- or nearly -- as Heaven and Hell each try to gain the advantage and God (! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mac McCarthy
I must admit I ordered this book due to being a giant Supernatural fangirl and an even bigger Crowley fangirl(I literally have a shirt that says "I Kissed Crowley") so when... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Elmallah Kuluazeem
Very enjoyable read, with a lot of twists and turns and some good English humor. Looking forward to see the TV series they seem to be making based on the book.Published 5 days ago by Jardina
Aside from being my all time favorite book (the type of book you carry in your back pocket in case you find yourself in a waiting room unexpectedly), shipping was fast and the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by christopher seavey