Rating: ★ ★
Publication Date: May 1, 1990
Length: 412 pages
Description from Goodreads:
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s 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 Earth’s 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 . . .
I first learned about this book back at NYCC when they were doing a bunch of panels about the upcoming TV show. When I got home, I looked up the book and thought that it seemed like an interesting story. Fast forward a few months and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it.
I didn’t end up loving the book like I thought I did, but I loved the premise, so I’m still going to watch the show. Maybe I’ll enjoy the story in a different medium? (Plus, let’s be honest, it’s kind of hard to dislike anything with David Tennant in it…)
I loved Crowley and Aziraphale, and I think that’s largely why I was disappointed in this book. I was so into these characters when they were introduced, but then suddenly all these other random characters and random subplots were introduced and we don’t hear about Crowley and Aziraphale for several chapters. That’s why I think I’ll enjoy the TV show more, because from what I’ve seen so far, it seems like the show will focus more on the two of them.
I think maybe I just don’t like Neil Gaiman, because I’m pretty sure this was a complaint I had about American Gods too. I like books with multiple viewpoints, but in Gaiman’s books, those viewpoints seem to be randomly introduced and sometimes the characters don’t even become main characters. It’s hard to get invested in a character when you don’t know if they’re even going to be in the rest of the story, so I always feel a bit detached when I read his stuff.
I like being able to latch on the characters and follow their journeys throughout the story, and I just didn’t really get that from this book.
There were also a few groups of characters (mainly the Them) that I found really annoying and always wanted to skip ahead when I got to scenes with them in it.
I loved the setting of this book. I love London, so it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll love any book set there. I also loved the idea that there are angels and demons walking around disguised as humans. It’s such an interesting premise for a book.
When I learned what this book was about, I was so onboard with it. I love the idea of a demon and an angel teaming up and working together to stop the apocalypse. I thought the overall plot and some of the subplots were incredibly clever. But like I said above, I think there was just a bit too much going on for me.
I liked the beginning and I liked the end, but just couldn’t get into the main part of the story.
Meh. I felt like the addition of random characters and weird subplots kind of threw off the pacing for me a bit. Maybe it was just the mood I was in when reading, but it always took me a while to realize that what was happening was part of the bigger story and not just some random scene.
I think the prose in the book is lovely. This book is hilarious and that’s largely is a testament to the writing.
There’s no doubting that Neil and Terry are some of the greats and it definitely shows.
But, there were a few moments that felt a bit like they were trying too hard to be clever. This was especially true when I was really into the story and felt like the plot was being put on hold for the sake of a joke.
I felt pretty disappointed throughout most of this book, which was a shame because I tried so hard to love it. Hopefully the TV show will change my mind on the story. I think it’s a great premise, the book just wasn’t for me, unfortunately.