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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witchby Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Synopses & Reviews
There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday.
Next Saturday, in fact.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world's last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring...
Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.
Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon — each of whom has lived among Earth's mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle — are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he's a really nice kid). There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him...
First published in 1990, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's brilliantly dark and screamingly funny take on humankind's final judgment is back — and just in time — in a new hardcover edition (which includes an introduction by the authors, comments by each about the other, and answers to some still-burning questions about their wildly popular collaborative effort) that the devout and the damned alike will surely cherish until the end of all things.
"This zany tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an 11-year-old Antichrist, and a doomsaying witch; unmistakably British humor is in abundance." Publishers Weekly
"Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise, this collaboration between comics writer Gaiman and Discworld series author Pratchett fuses fantasy and comedy into an untrammeled romp through the latter days. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated." The Washington Post
"Hilariously naughty." Kirkus Reviews
"Wacky and irreverent." Booklist
"What's so funny about Armageddon? Mor than you'd think...Good Omens has arrived just in time!" Detroit Free Press
"The Apocalypse has never been funnier." Clive Barker, author of Weaveworld
"Outrageous...read it for a riotous good laugh!" Orlando Sentinel
"A steamroller of silliness that mademe giggle out loud." San Diego Tribune
"An utter delight?fresh, exciting, uproariously funny." Poul Anderson
"One Hell of a funny book." Gene Wolfe
From two delightful imaginations comes a comic masterpiece in which the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, the hound of the devil chases sticks, and the end of the world is subject to Murphy's Law.
About the Author
A professional writer for more than twenty years, Neil Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics, and is now a bestselling novelist. His work has appeared in translation in more than nineteen countries, and nearly all of his novels, graphic and otherwise, have been optioned for films. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers. His books include American Gods, Anansi Boys, and Neverwhere, and he created and wrote the Sandman series for DC/Vertigo.
With sales of over 40 million copies, Terry Pratchett's brilliantly funny and subtly wise books have been translated into more than 33 languages. Mr. Pratchett won the Carnegie Medal for his first young adult novel set in Discworld, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. Mr. Pratchett lives in the English chalk country.
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