Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
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 . . .
Because that's what we are really, we have both sides inside us and we're only capable of doing good because we have the ability to do evil..Adam demonstrated that perfectly!
Another thing I thought was brilliant about Good Omens is the way the authors dealt with complicated issues through the eyes of four eleven year olds..and still managed to reach a convincing,satisfying solution.
Only Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett could have written this book.They did a great job.
I laughed out loud on several occasions two of which were during class for which I was promptly and repeatedly made fun of. I'm happy to report it was completely worth it :)
Day in the Life of 16th Infantry Regiment
was announced in January 2007 by George W Bush during a television
speech that the Surge into Iraq would be final. This action
would result in the movement of the 16th Infantry Regiment
to Iraq that following April.
book The Good
by David Finkel, is a description of the day to day operations of the
United States Military's Second Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment of
the Fourth Infantry Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division. In
the story David Finkel follows the soldiers daily missions in and
around Baghdad. During his stay with the Soldiers, Mr. David Finkel
witnesses what seems like hundreds of casualties on a daily basis.
The team was put into emotionally challenging situations, generally
filled with lost team members as well as IED's (Improvised Explosive
Devices). After 15 months of repetitive events, the troops finally
shipped home from what seems like an Eternity in Hell in a F***ing
book is extremely graphic. If there is one thing that sets this book
apart from the next, it is the gruesome imagery and reality that does
it. In even the smallest missions, there was an underlying desire to
give as much detail as possible. Although this imagery is astounding,
the verboseness of the gore is not needed. Too many times do we get
to read about the broken limbs and ripped body parts of our soldiers.
In one particular instance, one of the Soldiers is shot in the head.
In the story he gives you every dripping detail and gory image.
Another thing is the use of language in unnecessary situations. It is
understandable why they use the curse words to express their
feelings, but some racial slurs are over the top. Besides the
points mentioned overall this book put you in the real life of a
soldier. You understand the underlying topics with a thoroughness you
could only experience elsewhere in real life. The issue of the surge
and the feelings of the towards George W Bush are worked through. You
feel as though you are coming with the team on each mission they go
on in an omniscient form. The anticipation David Finkel creates in
the reader always leaves you with a desire to keep reading. After
saying all of the following, I would recommend this book. This is a
read that a more seasoned reader could appreciate more than a young
person but it is still a good book. The use of over the top imagery
and curse words is unfortunate but it is the truth and this book
depicts it perfectly. The Good Soldiers is the perfect example of a
day in the life of the American soldier, but while you are immersed
in the real lives of our troops, take in the emotions the have to
deal with. Seeing their fellow man, riddled with bullets and close to
death is no laughing matter. This book is very very serious.
It is eleven years before the Apocalypse, and Satan has sent Crowley and Sister Mary Loquacious to the hospital to check up on the Antichrist currently being born there. His name is Adam, and Crowley is less than thrilled to have anything to do with him (he doesn't understand why he can't just keep driving his Bentley around and listening to Queen) but he can hardly expect his boss to understand that- Lucifer is notoriously shaky on modern technology. In fact, everyone in this book is shaky on something- usually more that one thing- which is why the Apocalypse is doomed to be a huge, but hilarious, mess for everyone involved.
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are both authors I ought to be more familiar with, and I decided that the easiest way to remedy this deficieny would be to read this book, so I bought myself a nice new copy at Borders, went home, and read it. I would be a liar if I said that I read it in one sitting, but I wish that I had. It has been a long time since I saw a book that was this hard to put down; I don't think I even noticed the pages turning.
It's hard to say whether this book would appeal more to Gaiman's fans or to Pratchett's.
It's very humorous, but it contains many references to subjects that I think most people don't really know about so it's better if you're older so you can understand.
Even so, it treats the subject of the Apocalypse in a different light and makes you laugh out loud so it's a worthy read!
The Great War between Heaven and Hell is brewing, the Four Horsemen- and Bikers- of the Apocalypse have begun their ride, and the Antichrist is playing cops and robbers with his young friends in a small town in England. Through it all, the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley- who have been archenemies so long that they are the best of friends- try to sabotage both sides of the war because they've discovered that they really like Earth after all.
Gaiman and Pratchett are a perfect team, crafting a novel that is irreverent without being offensive, moral with preaching, and above all, so funny you'll laugh out loud in public and everyone will think you're crazy.