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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Mass Market Paperback – November 28, 2006
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Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humor; the result is a humanist delight to be savored and reread again and again. You see, there was a bit of a mixup when the Antichrist was born, due in part to the machinations of Crowley, who did not so much fall as saunter downwards, and in part to the mysterious ways as manifested in the form of a part-time rare book dealer, an angel named Aziraphale. Like top agents everywhere, they've long had more in common with each other than the sides they represent, or the conflict they are nominally engaged in. The only person who knows how it will all end is Agnes Nutter, a witch whose prophecies all come true, if one can only manage to decipher them. The minor characters along the way (Famine makes an appearance as diet crazes, no-calorie food and anorexia epidemics) are as much fun as the story as a whole, which adds up to one of those rare books which is enormous fun to read the first time, and the second time, and the third time... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When a scatterbrained Satanist nun goofs up a baby-switching scheme and delivers the infant Antichrist to the wrong couple, it's just the beginning of the comic errors in the divine plan for Armageddon which this fast-paced novel by two British writers zanily details. Aziraphale, an angel who doubles as a rare-book dealer, and Crowley, a demon friend who's assigned to the same territory, like life on Earth too much to allow the long-planned war between Heaven and Hell to happen. They set out to find the Antichrist and avert Armageddon, on the way encountering the last living descendant of Agnes Nutter, Anathema, who's been deciphering accurate prophecies of the world's doom but is unaware she's living in the same town as the Antichrist, now a thoroughly human and normal 11-year-old named Adam. As the appointed day and hour approach, Aziraphale and Crowley blunder through seas of fire and rains of fish, and come across a misguided witch hunter, a middle-aged fortune teller and the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse. It's up to Adam in the neatly tied end, as his humanity prevails over the Divine Plan and earthly bungling. Some humor is strictly British, but most will appeal even to Americans "and other aliens." Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book itself was in perfect condition, was a delivered on time, and is a little smaller than I expected though that's my fault for not checking the measurements in the description.
Armageddon is coming. Good versus evil. The end of the world as we know it.
Events are overseen by the Demon Crowley and the Angel Aziraphale, who've been at, well odds at each other, in this game for longer than they care to admit. While each represents one side, they've come to understand over the years that there is a spark of goodness in the worst of man and a spark of bad in the best. And face it, they really like the Human world and don't want to see the end or participate in the coming downfall.
This book is funny. Really fun! No spoilers, just a hint to get your attention.
The Four Horsemen. And the OTHER Four Horsemen.
The birth of the Anti-Christ, who by the way, is missing when the coming events need him the most. Even the best laid plans....
Agnes Nutter, Witch. The book of prophecies she wrote that has gone missing.
Take Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; throw in C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters; and you have this book. Pointed, irreverent, hysterically funny. The more religious knowledge you have the better the book will be, as it is chock-full of insider jokes.
Read this one. Don't wait. I think I need to go read it again!
This is a promising read for people who like sci-fi/ fantasy and comedy books, with a heavy influence on comedy. While it is mostly satirical, and is likely to offend many, I enjoyed this book immensely. It takes certain liberties with religion, particularly the work of angels and demons (which is another great book, by Dan Brown), so I would not recommend this book, like many of Neil Gaiman's works, to especially religious people. That said, if you are not likely to be offended, you probably won't regret purchasing this book.
If you enjoyed this book, other Neil Gaiman books such as American Gods and Anansi Boys are must-reads. Personally, I have not read Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, but I have heard that it is very good and that the humor is similar.
My favorite scene in this book is when Crowley and Aziraphale reunite for the first time after many years. It is clear that after thousands of years, Aziraphale still hasn't gotten the hang of late 20th century life, while Crowley loves to have the most modern amenities at his fingertips. Their interactions and Aziraphale's lack of understanding is, in my opinion, one of the best written pages in the book.
Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a jolly read.
Can the book containing the predictions of ancient witch Agnes Nutter save the day? And what about the instrument of this staggering event? He's a young boy with no idea that he's supposed to be responsible for the end of the world. Either you'll have your interest piqued by this description, or it's just not your thing. Recommended for lovers of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.