Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
I've been hearing praises about this book almost on every "best humor book" threads on reddit n elsewhere and thus was expecting it to be hilarious. It wasn't that. The story was entertaining and I loved listening to it, like any other Neil Gaiman book. But it wasn't among the "best funny book" I have read. In fact I didn't find it all that funny. Was the British accent supposed to be funny or was the Them gang's childishness? Other than a few passages, I didn't find anything "funny". Having that wrong expectation sort of dinged the listening experience.
Now that that's out of the way - the story is still entertaining. It's a wholesome story with adorable characters and a good pacing. There wasn't any dull moment. The narrator did a fab job with all the accents and different character voices.
That it was a collaborative effort intrigued me (although I'm not very familiar with Prachett) so it seemed like it was worth giving it a go. Unfortunately...it's not. Satire can be difficult and books that deal with religion in general aren't high on my list. Simply put, the book is a MESS.
There are too many characters, it's hard to tell what the plot is, the text desperately needs editing and I just felt it was a cash grab, really.
I wondered if it was just me and maybe not being in the right frame of mind for it but I see that I'm not alone in being unable to make heads or tails of the entire project. Never been a huge Gaiman fan either (he's typically a miss for me but I did enjoy 'American Gods').
All I can say is that I'm glad I bought this super cheap and could leave it behind for someone else to hopefully enjoy.
This book is very funny story. It has a bunch of characters to keep track of that a second read of some spots is recommened. Such a enlightened view of people and of the part good and evil plays in our world.
After Sir Terry's passing, I knew I had to re-read something of his. As I was about to embark on vacation with Bear to the Outer Banks (the beach is FIVE HOURS AWAY from where we live, a concept I still can't wrap my mind around), I decided to "reread" this on audio.
5 stars for performance, because Martin Jarvis rocks. Comedic novels can fail horribly if read wrong, and Jarvis just NAILS it.
It's funny, on rereads, I can totally tell which sections Pratchett wrote and which sections Gaiman wrote now. Also, it's so dated now. All with late 20th century technology, landlines, car phones, cassette tapes, but it just adds to the charm.
Always recommended, this one.
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 . . .