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

This is a previously-published edition - ISBN13: 9780060853983

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the worlds 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 Earths 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 . . .
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In the case of Good Omens , a new Amazon miniseries based on the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett book of the same name, one of the trickiest elements of adaptation works astonishingly well. The experience of reading Good Omens, maybe first and most intensely, is the sense of its voice. Good Omens is a book about books — specifically, about the Bible and a goofy, made-up prophetical text called The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch — and the story, which is ostensibly about good and evil and humanity and the end of the world, is more specifically about the way we interpret and fail to interpret texts. That premise presents a high degree of difficulty, adaptation-wise. What do smug capital letters look like as a style of TV? The answer, in this adaptation, is visual busyness, cute signpost markers, and stamped-on images to help denote dates and locations, and a hefty dose of a literal Voice of God as a narrative through line. God, in this case, is played by Frances McDormand.

God herself Frances McDormand in a voice-only performance is gnomic and unknowable; her obliqueness is the point. And her agent Gabriel Jon Hamm is a nice guy but basically useless, interested only in burnishing his own image. Aziraphale and Crowley are left on their own as our guides to this universe. More Reviews. They do well enough. Sodom and Gomorrah. You were doing a lot of… smiting people.

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But the best part of this series is the bond between the flippant, devil-may-care Crowley and the self-doubting, uber-conscientious Aziraphale. Tennant and Sheen are fabulous together. They embody the deep affection and irritation of a long-term marriage while dancing atop the thrill of a forbidden, clandestine love affair. The story itself, based on a collaborative fantasy novel by Gaiman and late author Terry Pratchett, is hard to track. Hard to tell.


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