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 . . .
I’m sure none of you are going to be surprised when I say that I LOVED this book. I am such a big fan of both Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman work and together it was just AMAZING!!
First of all, the concept. The Apocalypse (which did just take me three attempts to spell). An angel and a demon who don’t really wholeheartedly wish to do their masters bidding. A hospital switch up involving the Prince of Hell. A witch-hunter and the descendant of the most accurate prophet ever. And DEATH!! The first thing I noticed about this book, like all of the authors solo creations is how original it was, which is hard to come by! The pop culture references, although nearly thirty years old made me laugh and I loved the modernisation of the four horsemen (or people – War is a girl)
Second of all, the characters. Pratchett has a knack for creating hopelessly lovable characters that are memorable, and I have to say both him and Gaiman have done that here. My personal favourite is Agnes Nutter who is perfectly crazy (and her predictions are hilarious too). There are a lot of characters. The action jumps around a lot and I have to say I wasn’t fond of been introduced in detail to a character only for him to meet Death five seconds later.
Third of all, humour. This book is laugh out loud funny. There are few authors that can make a book very funny without sacrificing plot/writing but Pratchett and Gaiman do this with ease. Good Omens is the perfect pick me up when your having a bad day, and any fans of both Pratchett and Gaiman are sure to enjoy it!