They say one’s true colors are revealed in times of great distress, so the End Of The World, Armageddon ought to be the ultimate Sorting Hat, to borrow an image. That’s the premise of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The book is loosely framed by the prophecies of one Agnes Nutter, Witch, who, in the true spirit of the great prophets is both accurate and unfathomable.
One thing is clear, with Armageddon on the way, everyone has a job to do. Lots of stuff needs to get done. Lots of prophecies have to be completed and checked off the list. The book is full of a wide ranging cast of characters from the divine to the profane each with a part to play in the End Times. But true colors are revealed. Not everyone is as enthusiastic about their part as they could be. Some are somewhat creative in their interpretation of their role. And there’s at least one character in this Divine Tragi-comedy who wasn’t informed of their Part in it. That’s where the fun begins.
Every page is crammed full of every kind of humor and wordplay you can imagine. You can imagine Gaiman & Pratchett cracking each other up for hours at a time while they wrote this book. But the side-splitting humor is just cover fire for the poignant, emotionally satisfying wallop hidden in the hellfire and brimstone. To say more would spoil it.