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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Paperback – August 7, 2007
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Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humor; the result is a humanist delight to be savored and reread again and again. You see, there was a bit of a mixup when the Antichrist was born, due in part to the machinations of Crowley, who did not so much fall as saunter downwards, and in part to the mysterious ways as manifested in the form of a part-time rare book dealer, an angel named Aziraphale. Like top agents everywhere, they've long had more in common with each other than the sides they represent, or the conflict they are nominally engaged in. The only person who knows how it will all end is Agnes Nutter, a witch whose prophecies all come true, if one can only manage to decipher them. The minor characters along the way (Famine makes an appearance as diet crazes, no-calorie food and anorexia epidemics) are as much fun as the story as a whole, which adds up to one of those rare books which is enormous fun to read the first time, and the second time, and the third time... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When a scatterbrained Satanist nun goofs up a baby-switching scheme and delivers the infant Antichrist to the wrong couple, it's just the beginning of the comic errors in the divine plan for Armageddon which this fast-paced novel by two British writers zanily details. Aziraphale, an angel who doubles as a rare-book dealer, and Crowley, a demon friend who's assigned to the same territory, like life on Earth too much to allow the long-planned war between Heaven and Hell to happen. They set out to find the Antichrist and avert Armageddon, on the way encountering the last living descendant of Agnes Nutter, Anathema, who's been deciphering accurate prophecies of the world's doom but is unaware she's living in the same town as the Antichrist, now a thoroughly human and normal 11-year-old named Adam. As the appointed day and hour approach, Aziraphale and Crowley blunder through seas of fire and rains of fish, and come across a misguided witch hunter, a middle-aged fortune teller and the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse. It's up to Adam in the neatly tied end, as his humanity prevails over the Divine Plan and earthly bungling. Some humor is strictly British, but most will appeal even to Americans "and other aliens." Literary Guild alternate.
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This book has been read and reviewed by so many people that I don’t feel the need to expound on my single profound philosophical opinion about it, as have many others. I like the way the parts of the story that should be taking place in the US still feel very British and I like how the Americans in England come off a bit simple. If you can’t appreciate a bit of national satire, then why bother reading a humorous book.
This book is pretty much one big collection of satires poking fun at: religion, Christianity specifically, occultism, politics, war, child rearing practices and more. Again, for those who don’t have a good sense of humor, this book will either offend or fly over their head.
I will say that the ending came together rather anticlimactic, considering all that happened to get there. Overall, though, it was an enjoyable ride. This book is listed as fantasy in most places and humor in others. I’d call this Paranormal Humor or Religious Satire but let’s be honest, most people wouldn’t pick up the latter because they’d never get passed the first word.
Recommended to adult readers who have a good sense of humor.
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.
Pratchett's humor shines in this book, and Gaiman's gift of fantasy storytelling all creates a book that is exciting, riveting and slyly hilarious. The classic good vs evil is told in a fresh and funny way. If you are familiar with the Discworld books by Pratchett, you know that the absurd becomes the ordinary, and that is throughout the book.
Although the theme is serious, the end of the world, an angel and a demon, who while on opposite sides, suddenly find themselves in the middle of things. Things go wrong from the very beginning, when a simple baby swap goes wrong and the comedy of errors, including a hell hound delivery gone wrong in the most hilarious (and cute) way, begins. The book is a fast read, never boring and it will leave you wanting more.
The book itself was in perfect condition, was a delivered on time, and is a little smaller than I expected though that's my fault for not checking the measurements in the description.