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Good Omens (the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch) a book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
"Good Omens" is a book about the end of the world, as seen by Agnes Nutter, witch. The story follows quite a few distinct story lines. If you are familiar with Mr. Neil Gaiman, you will recognize his unique style of storytelling, including the frequent footnotes you might have found in some of his other works. I was not as familiar with Mr. Pratchett's work, but now am interested in the discworld series which he is now known.
Honestly, I felt that the beginning of the book was a bit slow, and middle dragged on. Typically for Gaiman's work, the end was wrapped up quite nicely with pieces falling into places as predicted, similar to his work "American Gods." Whereas American Gods follows the mythological gods and the "new Gods" such as technology, "Good Omens" follows a more Christian or Bible based hierarchy, with angels and demons. If you are easily offended by such things, it would be a good idea to skip this read and enjoy something you will find a little less inflammatory.
Book Review Conclusion
Overall, I think the book feels like an early, less developed work by Gaiman (it is, in fact, one of his earlier published books). It is an enjoyable read, especially if you like Gaiman's style, but seemed weighed down by something you just can't put your finger on. If you read the forward and afterwards by both Gaiman and Pratchett, you realize that the book only exists today because of the collaboration, and we are all better for it. Gaiman simply could not decide how to continue the story, and Pratchett's input allowed us to enjoy this story.
If you loved "American Gods" or "Anansi Boys," as I did, you will enjoy "Good Omens." If this will be your first foray into Gaiman's writing style, start with one of the other two books previously mentioned, or the excellent Sandman graphic novel.