A DIFFERENT KIND OF BOOK GROUP READ: GOOD OMENS BY TERRY PRATCHETT AND NEIL GAIMAN

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For our next meeting of the Field Notes Book Group, which will be held on November 21 from 11 to 12:30 at the library, we’re going to read a unique collaboration by two of the most brilliant and funniest fantasy writers of our times.  Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, was written by the late great Terry Pratchett and the ever popular Neil Gaiman, and it is a wonderfully fun read, as you would expect from the minds of these two.

What’s it about?  Well, it’s about the end of the world, but don’t think dystopian stuff like The Walking Dead.  It’s about the Apocalypse, but don’t think of the world of the Left Behind series, not in the hands of the irreverent Pratchett and Gaiman.

Two of the main characters are angels, one from heaven and one from hell, both of whom have been stationed on earth for millennia. They have more in common with each other, by this point, than either of them has with his supervisors back home, and when they’re confronted with the imminence of the end of the world which they’ve grown quite fond of, they join forces to try to stop it.

This is made more interesting by the fact that the antichrist was switched with another baby at birth, thanks to a mishap involving an absent minded Satanist nurse, and now the actual antichrist is a seemingly ordinary 11 year old  boy named (of course) Adam, who has no idea he’s destined to destroy the earth and who just happens to be living in the same town as the last living descendant of one Agnes Nutter, a witch whose prophecies have been incredibly detailed and unassailably accurate, including the date and time of the end of the world.

Good Omens is very funny (the footnotes at the bottoms of the pages, which are pure Terry Pratchett, are worth the price of admission in themselves) and quite provocative without being nasty or mean-spirited.  There are numerous copies on hold behind the Circulation Desk at the library, so come on in and claim your copy, and then join us for what should be a most entertaining discussion in November!

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