Good Omens

Good Omens

The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Book - 2006
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According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter -the world's only _totally reliable_ guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea. Which means that Armageddon will happen on a Saturday night. There will be seas of fire, rains of fish, the moon turning to blood and the massed armies of Heaven and Hell will sort it out once and for all. Which is a major problem for Crowley, Hell's most approachable demon and former serpent, and his opposite number and old friend Aziraphale, genuine angel and Soho bookshop owner. They like it down here (or, in Crowley's case, up here). So they've got no alternative but to stop the Four Motorcyclists of the Apocalypse, defeat the marching ranks of the Witchfinder's army and - somehow - stop it all happening. Above all (or, in Aziraphale's case, below all) they need to find and kill the Antichrist, currently the most powerful creature on Earth. This is a shame. Because he's eleven years old, loves his dog even though it's really a Satanic hellhound under all that hair, really cares about the environment and is the sort of boy anyone would be proud to have as a son. He's also totally invulnerable, and a nice kid. And if that isn't enough, they've still got Sunday to deal with. . .
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2006.
Edition: 1st William Morrow ed.
ISBN: 9780060853969
0060853964
Branch Call Number: Fic Gaim
Characteristics: x, 384 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pratchett, Terry

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tgarvin54
Jun 18, 2019

Neil Gaiman also wrote AMERICAN GODS (which just finished their second season) and LUCIFER which airs all 4 seasons on NETFLIX.

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howielem
Jun 17, 2019

I really enjoyed the TV show that just came out so I decided to read the book. It was fantastic. It took me a total of 2 days to finish it, because I just couldn't put it down. A cliche, for sure, but true. I really connected with the writing, which I feared might have been that kind of condescending humor many older "satiric" british writers have, but it wasn't. It was witty, comforting, and for a book about witches, angels, demons, and the antichrist, it was endearingly human. Really recommend this book and the accompanying TV series which really did it justice.

JohnH_KCMO Jun 15, 2019

A serious comedy about the Apocalypse? Brilliant.

Years ago I discovered and fell in love with Terry Pratchett’s books, especially Discworld. When I heard he and another writer had written a novel about the Apocalypse, I bought a copy. I had heard of Neil Gaiman, but hadn’t read any of his books. I became of fan.

This is one of the best jointly written novels out there. It is rich in humor, both slapstick and the intriguing, thoughtful kind—sometimes together. It was published almost 30 years ago, and most people at the time thought the serious parts came from Gaiman and the rich humor from Pratchett. Both authors have since indicated it was truly a joint work, and some of the funniest parts were by Gaiman, and some of the more serious by Pratchett.

The original idea was Gaiman’s, who approached Pratchett.

Pratchett was an atheist. Gaiman is hard to pin down theologically. The family in which he grew up was Jewish and practiced Scientology. He has said he’s pretty sure God exists in the DC Universe. Both men, though, recognized religion as an important part of human society, and neither simply dismissed it.

Out of this recognition comes Good Omens, a novel in which the Anti-Christ has grown up in a regular household because of a three way mix up in the hospital in which he was born, and an angel and a demon who both have, through the millennia, come to love living on earth, become friends of a sort, and join forces to stop the Apocalypse.

I highly recommend this book if you like either author, enjoy both laughing and thinking, and are intrigued with religion.

John A. Horner

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smatte
Jun 06, 2019

This book is a comedic gem, written by two of Britain's best practitioners of modern literature. From the erratic, Pythonesque narration to the excellent dialogue from a large assortment of characters, Good Omens is certainly a book worth reading. The only drawback for me is that the book is so popular and universally liked that it occasionally comes across as over-hyped. I think many people (myself included) come to it expecting a literary masterpiece when what it really amounts to is an amusing writing experiment between two excellent writers at the top of their game.

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Number10Horse
May 26, 2019

Raise a glass of champagne to Pratchett, Gaiman, Aziraphale, Crowley, the Them, and the rest of this nutty crowd. Another book I read at least once a year.

RainbowPonygirl1234 May 23, 2019

A fun romp through absurdity with many a pun and inappropriate joke. Not for the easily offended or particularly religious.

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russosharon
Apr 27, 2019

Super fun for about 100 pages then you are tired of it and just want it to end.

_McGeek_ Apr 23, 2019

A dark comedy about the apocalypse? Armageddon? (whichever one has heaven, hell etc.)
that I found to be a light, fun read. Great banter between the two main characters as well. I feel like this will almost translate better to TV (which I'd rarely say about the book version), only because of all the crazy/hilarious action scenes and the insane cast.
I'd recommend if you're into dark comedy and sci fi for sure, or a fan of Pratchett or Gaiman.

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Linyarai
Apr 11, 2019

I love Neil Gaiman, but I didn't love this. I really tried to, it just felt slow and jumpy to me. I couldn't get into the characters but I did find a few parts funny.

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Geraldine9
Mar 28, 2019

Listen, you know that I like witch books and this one is no exception--highly recommended.

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mhellwig
Mar 22, 2019

An angel and a demon try to stop the apocalypse since they enjoy life on earth too much to destroy it in a war.
This book is a fantastic read for those who enjoy British humor with a side of the occult. Both fans of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett will find something to love about the story.

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daviesg6
Jun 13, 2013

well written, very funny, the authors show that they can work together and produce a work of genius. one of the funniest books i have ever read.

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mhellwig
Mar 22, 2019

"The Power Cable (Nebraska) Evangelical Choir launched into "Jesus Is the Telephone Repairman on the Switchboard of My Life," and almost drowned out the sound of the rising wind."
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