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November 12, 2010

GOOD OMENS by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. Put New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett together . . . and all Hell breaks loose. (Amazon product description)

Review by Jessica Day George, Young Adult & Middle Grade Author
To be fair, the full title is: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

This book will make you laugh until you cry and then it will take you hostage and force you to laugh some more. The drunken conversation between an angel and a demon about whether dolphins are mammals or fish is one of the ten funniest things in literature.
The other nine things on the list are also in this book.
The Apocalypse has never been funnier, nor has the Spanish Inquisition, with due respect to my boys from Monty Python. From the beginning list of characters, which includes Crowley: An Angel Who Didn’t So Much Fall As Saunter Vaguely Downwards, to the Earth’s horoscope, to the Other Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, it is purely impossible to pick one part that is your favorite, or the Funniest Thing Ever. As a teenager I think I may have actually been in love with Crowley, as an adult . . . no comment. The dialogue is sublime, the two writers’ styles are blended seamlessly together, the characters will become your imaginary friends, there are simply not enough words to describe how excellent this book is. All you can do is grab hold of the cover and hang on—much like you would have to grab hold and hang on if you were driving insanely fast in a 1928 Bentley that was on fire—
And if you read the book, you’ll know what that means!

Market: Adult Fiction
Sensuality: barely worth mentioning
Language: mild
Violence: mild
Mature Themes: The apocalypse!

Book formats:
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (paperback)
Good Omens CD (audio book)

To learn more about the authors visit: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

To learn more about the reviewer, and her fantasy novels, go to: Jessica Day George

1 comment:

Rosebriars said...

I cannot believe no one commented on this review. I actually searched for the title to see if it had been reviewed yet so I could send one in myself if it hadn't. People, RUN, do not walk, to get this book. It is my second-most frequently read book (after LM Montgomery's The Blue Castle). My husband loves it when I read it in the tub late at night because he can fall asleep to my frequent bursts of hysterical laughter. Thanks Jessica for a great review.