Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
We all know them: Those relatives at family reunions who insist on telling “terrific jokes” that make us cringe. If you don’t, let me put you into the right mood:
»When asked if they would have sex with Bill Clinton, 86% of women in D.C. said, “Not again.”«
Or this one: »3 men are stranded in a boat with 4 cigarettes and no way to light them. So they toss the 4th cigarette overboard, which makes the whole boat a cigarette lighter.«
Ok, you’re with me, right? Now imagine a book that’s full of humour like this. A book that tries so hard to be funny that it actually becomes tiresome. I’ve tried “Discworld” before and found it lacking in all departments but “Good Omens” made even that look good.
Some actual samples of the humour? Here’s one about sperms:
»And there were his fellow trainees—fellow sperms, to switch metaphors, all struggling forward in the knowledge that there could only ever be one Chairman of Industrial Holdings (Holdings) PLC, and that the job would probably go to the biggest prick.«
Or this gem, bordering on xenophobia:
»A man threw himself through the window, a knife between his teeth, a Kalashnikov automatic rifle in one hand, a grenade in the other. “I glaim gis oteg id der gaing og der—” he paused. He took the knife out of his mouth and began again. “I claim this hotel in the name of the pro-Turkish Liberation Faction!”«
And nothing’s better than combining a little climate change with nuclear weapons testing:
»“I’m surprised there was any water left in the pond. I blame it on the lack of nuclear testing, myself. You used to get proper summers when I was a boy. It used to rain all the time.”«
The assembled “dad jokes”, “politically incorrect jokes”, the juvenile humour – it just became too much and so I did not finish this steaming turd of a book.
One out of five stars. Go and watch the TV series instead – that’s actually pretty good! (Which tells you a lot about this book…)
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