The level of humor, and biting wit in this book that unabashedly makes fun of all peoples could not be more refined and perfected. Thomas is not only humorous, but makes profound statements about history, its' perception, humans in general, and religion. I picked up this book origionally in France because the cover and brief description on it caught my eye. The short statement speaks volumes, "A novel about exploding sheep, Nostradomus and the end of the world", and that is exactly what it is. One of thebest moments in the book is Nostrus' description of the Black Plague and it's more social aspect which cuts to the heart of the truth of humanity, proving Thomas' ability to be both humorous and intelligent all at once. A superb read I have passed along to all my friends, who all look at me with surprise when Colin, the sheep, explodes, then thank me for my contribution to the enjoyment in their lives with new found respect. Buy and enjoy for it is worth the delay for shipping!