Book: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Authors: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
This story is entertaining and delightfully irreverent.
Armageddon has come to the earth. The Antichrist has been born, the four horsemen have been called, and the hosts of heaven and hell are waiting for the war to start.
But what if the Antichrist has been misplaced? What if the young man who has been groomed for the entire eleven years to be the bringer of Armageddon wasn’t the Prince of Hell? What if the actual Prince of Hell was actually raised by humans and completely ignored by the vassals of good and evil? What would happen then?
Gaiman and Pratchett have combined their incredible talents to tell an intriguing story of ineffability. With a host of completely incompetent yet heroic characters, the tale of Armageddon has never been quite this amusing.
Enter Crowley and Aziraphale, the serpent from Eden and the angel guard who let Adam and Eve out of the garden. For centuries, these two have roamed the earth and become friends. Crowley enjoys the finer things the earth has to offer, and occasionally dabbles in idea dropping to get humans to damn themselves. Aziraphale, on the other hand, helps humanity occasionally (he IS an angel after all), but spends much of his time collecting rare and valuable books under the guise of a bookshop that is never open. Neither of them wants the world to end, however they seem incapable of stopping it.
Eleven year old Adam Young is the leader of a ragtag local gang of local youngsters. Known as the Them, they run amok with imaginative games around the town of Tadfield. None of them have any idea why they are drawn to Adam, or why he is so unequivocally their leader. When a young witch in the area loans him some copies of New Aquarian magazine, strange things start to happen.
Anathema device is the last remaining descendant of Agnes Nutter, witch. She has known what would happen her entire life, however Agnes’ prophecies, where always correct, don’t always work out the way the reader initially thinks.
As an American, there were parts of this story that were a bit difficult to understand; some of the jokes were probably completely lost on me. However, I found this book to be very enjoyable, and I recommend it to anyone who appreciates the British sense of humor; especially those who aren’t easily offended by irreverent stories.