Yep, good old times – or at least what I can remember of them! Consider this a disclaimer: this incident happened eons ago. And forgive me, but I have the attention span of a squirrel, and the memory of… something that has a despicable memory! So there might be exaggeration involved in my ‘narration’ to a certain extent thanks to my rusty recollection of this.
This is my first time at Top Ten Tuesday, but what better first time than Top Ten Tuesday Rewind!
After reading and falling in love with the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, I wanted to read the Mayfair Witches trilogy. The Witching Hour is the first novel in the series, and while I’ve just started reading it, I think I’ll like it. The novel is a about the family of Mayfair witches and the mysterious Lasher, a spirit that has haunted them for generations. Here’s my teaser:
Someone asked me yesterday why I never talk. And today, someone asked me if I was scared of them. I plastered a meek smile on my face, and mumbled the usual, “I’m just shy. I don’t even talk to my friends!”
It is time for yet another book review! The book in question is Good Omens (The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch) by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
The world is going to end soon; next Saturday, to be precise, right after tea! Anathema Device is a witch. Newton Pulsifer is a witch hunter. They team up to stop the Apocalypse that the seventeenth century prophetess, Agnes Nutter has predicted in her Nice and Accurate Prophecies (where nice means precise). And they aren’t the only ones.
Crowley the demon and Aziraphale the angel, are representatives of Good and Evil stationed on the earth. As the End-of-Times is nearing, they seem to be in a bit of a mess. Not only have the managed to develop a liking for the earth, but they have also lost the one who is supposed to bring about the Armageddon – the Antichrist (who is an entirely different 11 year old boy from the one they thought was the actual son of Satan!)
While a whole lot of people, including the Four Horsemen (Bikers) of the Apocalypse are out to track the Antichrist, somewhere an 11 year old boy is naively using powers he doesn’t know he possesses to change the world according to his will.
Before you know it, you are transported into a zany, faced-paced, indescribably awesome world, full of characters so surreal; they might as well walk right out of the book. Who knew the Apocalypse would be so funny!
Aziraphale stared out at the rushing hedgerows.
“It all seems so peaceful,” he said. “How do you think it will happen?”
“Well, thermonuclear extinction has always been very popular. Although I must say the big boys are being quite polite to each other at the moment.” said Crowley.
“Asteroid strike?” said Aziraphale. “Quite the fashion these days, I understand. Strike into the Indian Ocean, great big cloud of dust and vapor, goodbye all higher life forms.”
“Wow,” said Crowley.
“Doesn’t bear thinking about it, does it,” said Aziraphale gloomily.
“All the higher life forms scythed away, just like that.”
“Nothing but dust and fundamentalists.”
“That was nasty.”
“Sorry. Couldn’t resist it.”
The book is ‘ineffable’. That’s what it is.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Open to a random page
I wish I had come across this book sooner. Coraline by Neil Gaiman is a strange and slightly bizarre story, and a combination of two of my favourite genre: horror and fantasy. Written in 2002, this book has received many awards and has even been compared to classics such as Alice in Wonderland. It is known essentially as a children’s book, but it has a lot of offer even for adults. It is short and simple and the writing has a wonderfully eerie flow to it. This is my teaser from the book-
“It was a rustling voice, scratchy and dry. It made Coraline think of some kind of enormous dead insect. Which was silly, she knew. How could a dead thing, especially a dead insect, have a voice?”