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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett Review

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

Author: Terry Pratchett

First published January 1, 1990

491 pages, Mass Market Paperback

Rating: 4.25

Overview

The world is about to end, and it’s all Agnes Nutter’s fault. Well, sort of.

Her Nice and Accurate Prophecies predicted the world’s demise on a Saturday, and that day is fast approaching. As usual, people are skeptical.

But this time, it’s different. The forces of Good and Evil are gathering, and they’re ready to fight.

The Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving their engines, and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. There’s just one problem: the Antichrist is missing.

And to make matters worse, a demon and an angel are trying to prevent the end of the world. It’s chaos, it’s hilarious, it’s Good Omens.

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett began his writing career at the young age of thirteen, selling his first story and using the earnings to purchase a second-hand typewriter. He went on to publish his first novel, The Carpet People, in 1971.

While working as a journalist and press officer, he continued to write and eventually published his first Discworld novel in 1983. Four of the more than 40 books in the Discworld series are geared towards children and one of them, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal.

In addition to his Discworld series, Pratchett collaborated with Neil Gaiman on a best-selling non-Discworld book called Good Omens in 1990. He also published a standalone non-Discworld novel for young adults called Nation in 2008 and Snuff in 2011.

Pratchett is considered one of the most important satirists of contemporary English literature and has received numerous awards, including an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to literature in 1998. He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities.

Sadly, in 2007, he revealed that he had Alzheimer’s disease. Despite this, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 and awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.

Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on March 12, 2015, leaving behind a legacy of humor, satire, and imagination.

Editoral Review

Terry Pratchett’s “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” is a fast-paced, witty, and profoundly provoking satire that explores the themes of good vs. evil, free will, humanity, and religion.

As a prolific author and humorist, Pratchett blends his signature comic style with Neil Gaiman’s imaginative touch to create a captivating narrative that has stood the test of time since its publication in 1990. The book follows the story of Aziraphale, an angel, and Crowley, a demon, who have been on Earth for centuries and have become quite fond of the lifestyle that comes with meddling in human affairs.

They are invested in life on Earth, with Aziraphale running a quiet bookshop and Crowley speed racing his car through the English countryside. Hastening Armageddon, a little accident causes them to lose track of the Antichrist, and they have to team up to find him before time runs out.

Meanwhile, Agnes Nutter, a seventeenth-century prophetess whose prophecies are always true but frequently unhelpful, has predicted the end of the world on Saturday. With the help of a mysterious witch, a quartet of bickering hunters, Newt, brother of Anathema, hesitant descendant of Agnes Nutter, and his girlfriend Anathema, everyone is on this mission to prevent the apocalypse.

The book is humorous, asides are frequent and cutting, the prose is snappy, but it’s all grounded in something that is thoughtful and true. Pratchett and Gaiman’s characters are incredibly human, and the world seems imaginatively rich with the story very beautifully crafted.

The dialogue is hilariously witty and full of clever wordplay, and every page is packed with Pratchett’s unmistakable humor. The book is a perfect blend of action, adventure, and wit.

Pratchett’s fantastical novel carries an underlying social commentary on the state of humanity and the need for empathy and compassion in a world plagued by war, environmental destruction, and political unrest. It raises pertinent questions about the role of religion in modern society and challenges our deep-seated beliefs about morality and righteousness.

While the book is delightful, it can be chaotic in some moments, with various storylines competing for attention. Nonetheless, it is an excellent read that is perfect for people who want to escape reality and engage in a light-hearted, philosophical adventure.

“Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” is a modern classic in the genre of satirical fantasy, with its imaginative storytelling, brilliant characterisation, clever wordplay, and thought-provoking commentary. It is highly recommended for readers looking for a fun and intelligent diversion that challenges their perspective on the world.

Rating: 4/5

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