Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

b0046f46ly-01-_sx450_sy635_sclzzzzzzz_Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Apocalypse has arrived, but the fabled battle of Armageddon will not take place in the Middle East it’ll be in Oxfordshire unless a demon and an angel get their way. Good Omens is from the combined writing of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett who take the well-trod path of end of the world novels and stand them on their head.

The demon Crowley is tasked with delivering the Antichrist to his family and ensuring his evil education, but his love of humanity makes him come clean to his friend, the angel Aziraphale who comes up with the brilliant plan to have both Good and Evil influence the child growing up. On the child’s eleventh birthday, Crowley and Aziraphale find out that there had been a mix up at the hospital and they race to find the Antichrist along with Heaven, Hell, and the Four Horsemen who are gathered from around the world. And in the little town of Lower Tadfield, Adam Young and his gang (Them) as well the witch Anathema Device and the witchfinder Newt Pulsifer have their own roles to play in the Final Battle as it draws nigh.

The combined talents of Gaiman and Pratchett work seamlessly, especially when the reader learns at the end of this particular edition of how the two worked together, and create a fantastic satire of the end of the world and all the tropes that go along with it. Though the humor is good, some of it is a bit dated and so some jokes fall flat which is the only downside to this really good book.

If you are either a fan of Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett and haven’t read this book yet, then I highly encourage you to do so. Good Omens is the perfect blend of both authors and you’ll find it highly enjoyable, save for the few out of date jokes. If you’re simply a fan of satire, then give this book and its riffing of a certain supernatural horror film from the 1970s a good read.

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5 thoughts on “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

  1. Have you watched Omens? Just wondering if this book can be really enjoyed on its own without knowing the source material they are making fun of.
    I’ve not seen it, nor ever plan to, as I can’t deal with horror films. I can read about that stuff with zero problem, but show me some visuals and BAM, nightmare city…

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    • Yeah, I got a coworker interested in this book because he’s a horror film fan and would appreciate the satire related to The Omen.

      Then I remembered the Amazon Prime series and that he was a David Tennant fan, so he’s now really interested in the book and the show.

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