Put the vivid imagination of Neil Gaiman and the humor of Terry Pratchett into a copper pot, stir it well and you get one of the funniest apocalypses ever!
Okay, this book is not easy to describe as it has numerous strands of people doing things. But in the end, it all blends together very well.
In the Olde Times the witch Agnes Nutter was burned, but not before she could write down her prophecies which now belong to her descendant Anathema Device (the name itself covers a hilarious story of 4 pages). The prohpecies end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, to be precise. The logical conclusion would be, that the world ends then, since Agnes' prophecies are always very accurate if you know how to interpret them.
So, there's Anathema on the one hand and on the other hand Aziraphale, an angel, and Crowley, a demon, who have to team up to find the lost spawn of Satan who will bring the end.
And, as already mentioned, lots of other stuff going on, like witchhunters, grumpy neighbors, hellhounds, Ansaphones etc etc.
I have to stop reading Neil Gaiman. Everytime he mentions something about London, I have to take a deep breath before I can read on! On the other hand, his works are so fantastic that you just can't resist them!
Particularly interesting were the interview sections at the end of my edition. Dear Neil Gaiman and / or Terry Pratchett, if one of you ever reads my review, does
one of you recall which sentence it was that none of you, but the book itself had written?
There are too many favorite funny scenes to quote them all, unfortunately, but be advised that, after you've grinned like mad and giggled in the bus like crazy, you're sad that it's all over.
That's why I need to see a bookstore right now. Dang, how did Neil manage to live at night without open bookstores?!
"Where is Armageddon, anyway?"
"Funny you should ask, ... I've always meant to look it up."
Adam (Dienstag, 09 September 2014 13:56)
"Crowley - a demon and former angel who did not so much fall as saunter vaguely downwards."
What a hilarious story, so unbelievably well-balanced between profound philosophical inspirations, sharp-eyed social criticism and sophisticated humour. Most obviously nothing in it is solely imaginary, everything seems to be a satirical parody of our culture, history, beliefs and habits. This book became on of my all-time favorits.
I have been a Pratchett fan for many years but with this book you introduced me to the fantastic and ironic world of Neil Gaiman and surely more of his works will follow soon thanks to your recommendations.