Neil and Terry Pratchett
OMENS : THE NICE AND ACCURATE PROPHECIES OF AGNES NUTTER, WITCH
York : Workman, 1990.
book is built up as a direct descendant of HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.
The characterization of the 21st century devils and angels are hilarious.
Is tying up the switchboard at London Central Telephone the work of a devil
or an angel? On the one hand, think of all the ripples from disgruntled
phone users potentially taking it out on secretaries, kids and dogs. On
the other hand, think of all the benefits of being spared from the encounters
with telemarketers. When the antichrist is born and his adoption bungled,
the angels and devils are following the wrong young man, so the real power
player is growing up normally with the hound from Hell being turned in
to a typical small-town boy's mutt. What is God's ineffable plan? Does
the witch's diary help or hinder?
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