|Good Omens: |
The Nice and Accurate Prophecies
of Agnes Nutter, Witch
A few months back, I read my first ever Neil Gaiman novel. Loved it. The man can certainly be named as one of the most popular modern writers, even though his works tend to fly under some sort of radar. I didn't know about him at all until I started blogging and reading other blogs. Clearly, I was missing out.
Perhaps it's the depth of his work. It's not necessarily blockbuster, general consumption stuff. There seems to be more to it. At least, in the two selections I've now read.
This particularly book, Good Omens, was co-written with Terry Pratchett. Apparently, it's become a bit of a cult classic, a fact of which I was not aware until I read the forward and felt a bit stupid for never having heard of it before. I guess that's how cult classics work.
The book is hilariously sacrilegious. It's premise centers around the apocalypse. Readers are given the "behind the scenes" view into the planning, execution, and spiritual bureaucracy surrounding the event. Angels and demons banter back and forth and there is a wild misunderstanding when the child meant to be the anti-Christ is accidentally placed with a perfectly normal British family of no consequence instead of the intended American diplomat.