Tuesday, January 22, 2008

There's no end to the omens...

No End in Sight is a documentary about how the US invaded Iraq, the "intelligence" that led up to this decision, and the events that happened and did not happen afterward. It's an eye-opener that will remind you of things forgotten, but will also point out facts that are not generally known. Rent this! It's not boring.

I've been very curious about Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's a good book to read when FUN is in demand, and I was in the mood for a fun book. I must say that this seems just like a Terry Pratchett novel to me, especially since War, Famine, Pollution, and DEATH play their usual comic roles. Crowley the demon and Aziraphale the angel are delightful characters who become unlikely friends and have one thing in common: they both like it here, and don't really want to see Armageddon happen.

There is no end to the funny characters in this tale, including Agnes Nutter, who was able to predict when she would be burned as a witch and so went prepared with 80 pounds of gunpowder and 40 pounds of roofing nails hidden in her skirts; she did not die alone. And her only descendant, Anathema Device, whose purpose in life is to interpret Nutter's predictions and language, is another crazy noodle in this dishy book. If you're looking for something light-hearted and fun, I'd recommend this one


Sean P. Farley said...

Dang, I haven't any time to read anything for entertainment value. School started and I'm up to my neck in non-fiction textbooks. Yikes!

Minka said...

Right behind you, Actonbell.

two thumbs up!