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Publisher Comments:

We hear the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

Unfortunately, Sister Mary Loquacious of the Chattering Order has misplaced the Antichrist. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles. And the representatives from Heaven and Hell have decided they actually like the human race...

Review:

"What's so funny about Armageddon? More than you'd think...Good Omens has arrived just in time!" Detroit Free Press

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"The Apocalypse has never been funnier." Clive Barker

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"An utter delight — fresh, exciting, uproariously funny." Poul Anderson

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"A steamroller of silliness that made me giggle out loud." San Diego Tribune

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"Outrageous...read it for a riotous good laugh!" Orlando Sentinel

Review:

"Wacky and irreverent." Booklist

About the Author

For those who really need to know, Terry Pratchett was born in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1948. He has managed to avoid all the really interesting jobs authors take in order to look good in this kind of biography. In his search for a quiet life he got a job as a Press Officer with the Central Electricity Generating Board just after Three Mile Island, which shows his unerring sense of timing. Now a full-time writer, he lives in Somerset with his wife and daughter. He likes people to buy him banana daiquiris (he knows people don't read author biographies, but feels this might be worth a try).

Neil Gaiman used to be a journalist, but gave it all up to write comics, which he claims are a totally valid late-twentieth-century art form, and he's even won awards for them, so that's all right. He's 5'11" tall, owns a number of black T-shirts, and although he's not overly keen on banana daiquiris, is always very flattered when appreciative fans send him money (he's read Terry Pratchett's biography, and, although he doubts that this will have any effect, figures what the hell).

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Cora, May 28, 2014 (view all comments by Cora)
Are You Ready to Romp Through the Apocalypse?

The Perfect Summer Read


Are you looking for a fun, quirky book to read? Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witchby Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is an oldie but goody.


If it’s an oldie, why write a review?


Because I keep running into people who haven’t read this gem, and most of all, because I love this book. The satire is at once silly and hysterical with some honest-to-goodness wit thrown into the mix. It’s a zany romp that only the young at heart should take. There’s enough British wit and humor to satisfy anyone who likes that sort of thing, and it’s genuinely crazy enough to amuse most people. If you’re a Douglas Adams fan, well, then you’ve probably read Good Omens.


Warning: if you have no sense of humor or if you hate silly, stop reading this review.


Brief Summary:


Satan and God have a huge problem: the Antichrist has gone missing, and they need him for the apocalypse. It turns out that when the lad was born, some evil nuns gave him to the wrong couple, and he grew up in a sleepy English suburb. Expect for his untapped “evil” power, he’s an ordinary kid rather like Kevin McCallister, the kid in Home Alone .


Because they happen to like earth and don’t want it destroyed, Aziraphale (an angel) and Crowley (a demon) team up to stop the apocalypse; they are much like a British version of the Odd Couple who are trying to save the world from inevitable doom��"Crowley, of course, lives life wildly and fully, while Aziraphale is quiet and refined. While everyone (God, Satan, angels, demons, and humans) searches for the Antichrist, the Four “Bikers” of the Apocalypse gather. And, yes, the Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch are important.


Pratchett and Gaiman have created a diverse and eccentric cast of characters. The impending doom is told through multiple points of view as everyone races to save or destroy the world. As any reader would expect, they all come crashing together at the end of the book.


Why do I like it?


This may be one of the funniest books I’ve read. First, Pratchett and Gaiman turn the story of the apocalypse inside-out, then, they turn it sideways, and finally, they manage to make the end of the world riotous and entertaining. Along the way, they poke and prod at the ordinary, the crass, and the sacred.


I’ll admit there is a great deal of silliness about the book, and some of the motifs have been used before, but Gaiman and Pratchett take those motifs and spin them with enduring flare. After all, the book was published in 1990 and is still going strong.


I’m always excited when someone I know reads Good Omens for the first time.

So my friend, take a break from the real world, put aside all serious thoughts, get comfortable, and read this delicious book.

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dawn betts-green, August 20, 2007 (view all comments by dawn betts-green)
separately, neil gaiman and terry pratchett are fabulous...together, cataclismically funny! this book is a great read for anyone, but especially those in love with the discworld series and gaiman's anasi boys.
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Michelleyevshky, June 4, 2007 (view all comments by Michelleyevshky)
Laugh out loud fun and games with both heaven and hell. The battle of good and evil isn't all about the sword of truth and demon dances, there are moments of treaty and beneath that white flag both demon and angel peer bewilderdly into the fog and flummery of humanity.

Add to this the mistakes of the divine, the mix-up of the satanic, the baying hound of hell and you've got some Gaiman-y goodness and Pratchett-y prose you won't soon forget.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441003259
Publisher:
Ace
Location:
New York :
Author:
Frampton, David
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Author:
Gaiman, N.
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Witchcraft
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Ace Mass-Market
Publication Date:
19960501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.80x4.22x1.05 in. .41 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages Ace Books,[1996], c1990. - English 9780441003259 Reviews:
"Review" by , "What's so funny about Armageddon? More than you'd think...Good Omens has arrived just in time!"
"Review" by , "The Apocalypse has never been funnier."
"Review" by , "An utter delight — fresh, exciting, uproariously funny."
"Review" by , "A steamroller of silliness that made me giggle out loud."
"Review" by , "Outrageous...read it for a riotous good laugh!"
"Review" by , "Wacky and irreverent."
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