Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (standalone)
Authors: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Themes & Genres: Fantasy, humor, angels, demons, end of the world, Apocalypse
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…
What I think of the book:
Terry Pratchett is one of my mom’s favorite authors and on many occasions she’s quoted (the Bulgarian translations of) his books to me and recommended that I read them. Neil Gaiman is the guy who wrote one of my all-time favorites: The Graveyard Book. To say that I had great expectations of Good Omens would be an understatement.
I expected a funny, action-filled novel about the end of the world and got…
Not what I’d expected.
I laughed – a lot – while reading this book and smiled even more. The humor is on point although it lost me a few times, but I think that’s because one – English isn’t my native tongue, and two – I read mostly American, not British books, so I missed the meaning in some of the British-isms in Good Omens.
That aside, a pleasurable read, with a surprise in store: there was social commentary hidden behind the humor. A book that was written – according to a quick internet research – nearly three decades ago, made me think about the world today. I recently read Neil Gaiman’s Art Matters where he states that “Fiction is the lie that tells the truth” and I thought it was a really appropriate way to sum up how I felt while reading Good Omens.
I honestly didn’t expect anything but clever jokes and interesting characters.
Am I disappointed that I got something else?
Would’ve enjoyed more action, but given the authors’ sense of humor, toying with the reader’s expectations seems to fit perfectly.
All in all: would recommend and am excited for the TV series. Also terrified that the series would ruin a book that I like, but that’s something to talk about at another time.
PS: Don’t skip the footnotes. They are hilarious.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Good Omens to people who enjoy British humor.
My rating: (5/5 wine glasses to celebrate that the world is still around; might’ve gone for ducks instead, but I didn’t have any breadcrumbs)
Would I re-read this book? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by either of these authors? Yes, by both of them.
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Have you read this book? Are you looking forward to the Netflix series?
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