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

Good Omens

Summary:

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… (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book was very witty in the best way.  I am glad that I didn’t read it when I was younger because I think I would have missed about half of the references.  There are great religious, literary and philosophical references embedded throughout the whole novel.  I also think this is a great one because there are certainly many layers.  I know I didn’t catch everything on my first reading and when I reread it at some point in the future, I might find something else. 

At times, I felt the book was a little long, but it was a slower build in a good way allowing things to unravel.  During those slow points I wasn’t laughing as much, but that didn’t take away from enjoyment of the overall read.  My point in bringing this up is that it meant some of the subsequent jokes fell a little flat because there was a longer build up for them.  I still appreciated the read overall and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

Warning: Contains repeated violence

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Folks who can laugh at anything – the devote religious would probably be horrified by it.