June 4, 2015

Thursday Quotable: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Weekly feature with book quoets Thursday Quotable.


Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Every week we highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.



A small passage from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

This week's book is Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. According to these prophecies, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. This book is hilarious and with the small passage I've chosen I hope to show you the humorous style, without giving away anything from the plot.

Current theories on the creation of the Universe state that, if it was created at all and didn't start, as it were, unofficially, it came into being between ten and twenty thousand million years old. By the same token the earth itself is generally supposed to be about four and a half thousand million years old. 
These dates are incorrect. 
Medieval Jewish scholars put the date of the Creation at 3760 B.C. Greek Orthodox theologians put Creation as far back as 5508 B.C. 
These suggestions are also incorrect. 
Archbishop James Usher (1580-1656) published Annales Veteris et Novi Testaments in 1654, which suggested that the Heaven and the Earth were created in 4004 B.C. One of his aides took the calculation further, and was able to announce triumphantly that the Earth was created on Sunday the 21st of October, 4004 B.C., at exactly 9:00 A.M., because God liked to get work done early in the morning while he was feeling fresh. 
This too was incorrect. By almost a quarter of an hour.
And what conclusion do we make out of this passage?

...the Earth's a Libra.


Have you read Good Omens? What did you make of this small passage? 

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  3. Hey great post :D
    I really liked the last bit about God working early in the day lol. The passages just show how quirky Pratchetts and Giamans minds are, I love the conclusion lol!
    Happy reading,
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    1. It's just so hilarious! Every page brings something new :)

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  7. Great quote! May have to add it to my TBR-list ;)

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    1. I totally recommend it! Neil Gaiman is among my favourite authors and his books are never disappointing :)

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  8. Can you believe I have never read a Neil Gaiman book. Yes, I am confessing that here for the first time..
    Jen at YA Romantics

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    1. You should, it's never too late! He's an amazing writer! Stardust would be a great starting point, it's fairytale-like, it has romance in it and it's a great adventure! :)

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  9. Amazing post dear!

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  10. I am working my way through Terry's book and dipping my toe in to Neil's body of work, this sounds like I good read I better add it to my amazon wish list!

    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. It is an excellent read to be honest! I'm amazed myself and I'm already a fan of both these men :)

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  11. I loved this quote from the book. The book had several quotes that made me laugh out loud. Two of my favourites from the book would be: “You don't have to test everything to destruction just to see if you made it right." and "25 And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, saying 'Where is the flaming sword that was given unto thee?'
    26 And the Angel said, 'I had it here only a moment ago, I must have put it down some where, forget my own head next.'
    27 And the Lord did not ask him again. "

    The book is absolutely fantastic, a collaboration from heavens. It is just too bad that they can't make another book with the two of them. I have always hope that they would make another one, and now there is no way they can work together any more. :(

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    1. There are just so many good quotes! The one about the flaming sword is just so funny. Aziraphale is hilarious.

      It would be great if there were another collaboration of those two, I have to agree. Luckily there are enough Discworld novels not to miss Pratchett :)

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