By: Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
How I discovered this book: Goodreads. (I luv Goodreads.)
Rate: (Scale from 1-10):
Quality of writing: 10
From GoodReads: “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 . . .”
So. The Antichrist is mistakenly given to the wrong family. The two in charge of guiding his evil or good tendencies are helping another boy, who is most definitely not the Antichrist. Aziraphale, an angel and Crowley, a demon do their jobs, and do them well. After six or seven thousand years on earth, they both are beginning to enjoy earth and humans. But when they realize that Armageddon is indeed under way, they garner forces to maaaaybe stop it from happening. And a cast filled with witch finders, gangs of kids, a book of prophecies, and the highway system around London.
All this on a Satruday afternoon in England.
Reasons I enjoyed or disliked:
I really really liked this book. The writing made me smile in ways that reminded me of The Hithickers Guide (Also awesome. Go read it.) For example: “An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.” And “Anyway, if you stop tellin’ people it’s all sorted out afer they’re dead, they might try sorting it all out while they’re alive. ”
The story is just absurdly wonderful. You find himself rooting not so much for humanity but for Aziraphale and Crowley to stop Armageddon.
Then you find yourself rooting for Newt and Anathema. Who have the prophecies vaguely figured out and are trying to figure out where to go to stop it.
At each turn, it just delighted me. I loved the mix of charaters and the fun it created. And I almost almost wanted to see what would happen if certain forces were successful.
Also, there is so much good use of the word “ineffable” that it made me very happy.
Yay or Nay?
YAY. Definitely YAY.