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

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Author:  Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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

Genre:  Fantasy

Publication Date:  1990

Number of Pages:  384

Geographical Setting: Great Britain

Time Period:  early 1990s

Series:  None

Plot Summary:  Crowley (a demon with a love of fast cars) and Aziraphale (an angel who collects rare books) have been field agents for their respective organizations on Earth for the last 6000 years.  Like all agents who have spent too long in the field, they have gotten attached to the place.  Thus, when they find out the world is going to end next Saturday (just after afternoon tea) they spring into action to save us all.  As the armies of Heaven and Hell amass and the Four Horsemen begin to ram the land, Crowley and Aziraphale must find the Antichrist, an eleven year old boy with the ability to control the weather who, in a hospital mix-up, did not go home with the Satanist parents he was supposed to go home with.  The whole tale and the humorous conclusion were foretold by the prophecies of Agnes Nutter, a witch who was burned 300 years ago, if only someone could manage to decipher them ahead of time.

Subject Headings:  Armageddon, End of the World, Demons, Angels, Prophecies,  Religious Satire, the Antichrist

Appeal:  dark; engrossing; fast-paced; humorous; multiple plot lines; multiple points of view; quirky; satire; suspenseful; thought provoking; witty

3 terms that best describe this book: sarcastic, humorous, suspenseful

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Name: Amanda

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