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 witty in the best way, but it’s one I’m glad that I didn’t read younger because I would have missed about half of the references.  It’s a great one on many levels as there are religious, literary and philosophical references embedded throughout the whole novel. I’m already looking forward to a reread because I know I didn’t catch everything. 

At times, the book felt a little long, but this slow build allowed things to unravel into chaotic hilarity.  That being said, this slow build meant that some jokes fell a bit flat as I was hoping for a bit more of a reveal.  Overall, I’d still strongly recommend this one to anyone with a religious background or enjoy a good satirical read.

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.