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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Paperback – August 7, 2007
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“The Apocalypse has never been funnier.” (Clive Barker)
“Hilariously naughty.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Wacky and irreverent.” (Booklist)
“Reads like the Book of Revelation, rewritten by Monty Python.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Fiendishly funny.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
“From beginning to end, GOOD OMENS is side-splittingly funny . . . a ripping good time.” (Rave Reviews)
“If you’ve never read [GOOD OMENS], don’t miss it now. Grade: A.” (Rocky Mountain News)
“It could be called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Armargeddon.” (Palm Beach Post)
“[L]ittle asides, quirky observations, simple puns and parody eventually add up to snorts, chortles and outright laughs.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
“What’s so funny about Armageddon? More than you’d think . . . GOOD OMENS has arrived just in time.” (Detroit Free Press)
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
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This was quirky and a little on the odd side but totally fun. Heaven and Hell have basically been in a cold war for well forever it seems. Ever since Lucifer “An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.” became the bad guy the final show down has been in the works. But now, finally Satan’s son has been born and the prophecies all say that when he is Eleven the end of the world will finally come about.
The humor in this is really incredibly fun and I loved Aziraphale, the Angel who wasn’t necessarily all good, and Crowley the demon who really wasn’t that bad of a guy. Even more I enjoyed the friendship between them and how they worked both together and against each other.
“Hell wasn't a major reservoir of evil, any more then Heaven, in Crowley's opinion, was a fountain of goodness; they were just sides in the great cosmic chess game. Where you found the real McCoy, the real grace and the real heart-stopping evil, was right inside the human mind.”
This had an extensive cast that included the four horsemen (one was a woman) of the apocalypse, a witch or two, some Satanists (they weren’t really bad people), a gang of kids, a witchhunter and a dog.
There are a ton of funny little snippets here and there and I really enjoyed the cut and paste together style that had the reader jumping from group of characters to groups of characters as we go through the countdown to the final days.
This is supposed to be a tv series soon and it will be interesting to see how that goes. I think it will be a good time and lets face it at the end of the world you might as well have a good time.
Perfect for when you just want a good laugh and some ridiculousness in your life.
This book is the story of the apocalypse. A demon, named Crowley (an ex-angel who didn't so much "fall" as saunter vaguely downwards), who actually really loves being on earth, is contacted to play his part in the birth of the Antichrist and to make sure he finds his appropriate home with a diplomat. (Think of the Omen). Unfortunately, Crowley really loves there being an earth and humans to "tempt" and living his (eternal) life. After accidentally misplacing the Antichrist, Crowley and his angel friend, Aziraphale (who owns a bookstore and equally loves living on earth) are on a mission to find him.
This book has an amazing cast of characters, including Adam (the Antichrist), his friends (a collective known as "Them") and his Hellhound (named Dog). The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are joined by the slightly lesser known "Four Bikers of the Apocalypse." There are Witchfinders and a prophetess.
Also, it's Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
I read this book before I ever watched Supernatural, but I think any fan of Supernatural would enjoy this book. I like the blurred lines between Angel and Demon, and how Crowley and Aziraphale have such an amazing friendship, despite being on opposite sides of the Divine Plan. I like how they're on a Race Against The Clock, considering that the Rapture will be happening Next Sunday.
One last note... In the Forward, Gaiman and Pratchett write that Good Omens is the most repaired book in the world. When I went on vacation to New York City one summer, we had a mix-up with our rooms. I put our train tickets to get back from NYC in my copy of this book and put it in a cabinet. However, when we got back from sight-seeing, we had to move rooms and I forgot that I left this book in a cabinet. Low and behold, they gave our room to someone else who insisted that they didn't have my book (and our tickets) in there, and the book wasn't returned to the lost and found. We had to spend $100 to replace our tickets, but to this day, I still wonder who ended up with my copy of this book.
The overall plot focuses on the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, who spent thousands of years getting to know each other and, while they may work to encourage the occasional bit of goodness or malfeasance, have overall decided they like the Earth and the creature comforts it offers. When they learn that it is time for the apocalypse, they decide that they must do what they can to stop nuclear war, war between the hosts of heaven and hell, and the Four Horsemen in order to preserve the world as they like it. Simultaneously, the descendant of Agnes Nutter (the only accurate prophet in history) and a pair of Witchfinders who are all that remain of an order which began in the 1600s find themselves drawn into events they don't fully understand. In the middle of all this, a young boy plays with his friends.
Fans of Pratchett or Gaiman will find plenty to enjoy here and discover the other author, though fans of one are likely fans of the other already. Those who want a book to read late into the night will also find that here. Finally, readers will quickly find themselves recommending this to their friends.