‘Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch’ by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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”Armageddon only happens once you know.
They don’t let you go around again until you get it right.’

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch- the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future, written in 1655, before she exploded- the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea…
People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgment Day. This time though, the armies of Good and Evil really do appear to be massing. The four Bikers of the Apocalypse are hitting the road. But both the angels and demons- well one fast-living demon and a somewhat fussy angel- would quite like the Rapture not to happen.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…

When I first came across this book I decided to buy it because I thought it would be a funny, uplifting read for a rainy day. Not only was I right but it turned out to be one of my best buys, book-wise.

Good Omens focuses on a number of unique characters who all share one thing in common: being witnesses to the apocalypse. As time marches on towards doomsday, strange things begin to happen and the forces of Heaven and Hell mass for one final battle. But of course, nothing ever goes to plan, not even the events of the Great Universal Plan. After losing track of the anti-Christ an unlikely centuries old friendship between an Angel and a Demon looks to be all that’s stood in the way of the end of the world as we know it. Well apart from a young witch-finder and a young witch carefully following her ancestors predictions until the end.

Good Omens is Pratchett and Gaiman at their very best, hilarious and terrifically creative. Its an unusual thing to read a book about the end of the world and come out the other side feeling cheerful and hopeful, and yet this books easy going and comic style manages it perfectly.

If you’re a fan of either Gaiman or Pratchett, Good Omens is a must read. To see them both at their best like this is something that any fan of the fantasy genre can’t afford to miss.

Two amazing authors at their best, easiest 5 I’ll ever give.

5-stars

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