About the Book
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
First published in May 1990
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 have to be honest here, I was a little wary of this book when I first started it. Neil Gaiman is an amazing writer, but I'd never read anything by Terry Pratchett and I was concerned that his writing style would completely destroy Gaiman's. Maybe I'm just crazy, but I didn't want to see Gaiman's wonderful style covered up by someone else. I was so very happy that was not the case.
I loved this book! It was absolutely hilarious and most definitely reminded me of something straight from the mind of Douglas Adams. Why shouldn't we have frogs fall from the sky? Why would we want to keep track the Antichrist? All of that would simply make sense in our very nonsensical world!
Throughout the entire novel, I was the happiest during the scenes with Crowley and Aziraphale. These two should never have been "friends." Naturally, therefore, they were. Crowley's love of everything fast and furious balances out the large stick that Aziraphale keeps up his rear end. These two are the most un-dynamic duo that ever worked together to fail at the Apocalypse. I specifically loved the precise humor that Crowley brings to the story.
Much like any other book that Gaiman puts forth, the world is as realistic as the characters. I absolutely loved the picturesque scenes that the authors created. Each one was so filled with adverbs, adjectives, and prepositions that the world truly came to life before my eyes.
If you haven't read anything by either author, I definitely recommend this book as a fantastic place to start.