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
"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 delightfresh, 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
Neil Gaiman is a New York Times
bestselling author of more than twenty books for adults and children, including the novels Neverwhere
, American Gods
, Anansi Boys
, and The Graveyard Book
; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and Make Good Art
, the text of a commencement speech he delivered at Philadelphias University of the Arts.
He is the recipient of numerous literary honors, including the Locus and Hugo Awards and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. 1.8 million people follow him on Twitter.
Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, the rock star Amanda Palmer.
Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. He is the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, and he was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his services to literature. Pratchett lives in England.