Good Omens

Good Omens

The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Book - 2007
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The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, soon to be an original series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.

"Good Omens . . . is something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated. Lots of literary inventiveness in the plotting and chunks of very good writing and characterization. It's a wow. It would make one hell of a movie. Or a heavenly one. Take your pick."--Washington Post



According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon--both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle--are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

Publisher: New York : Harpercollins, 2007
Edition: First Harper paperback edition
ISBN: 9780060853976
0060853972
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC GAIMAN 2007
Characteristics: x, 384 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Pratchett, Terry

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The apocalypse is experiencing some unexpected resistance in a small British town in the form of an 11-year-old antichrist who just wants to hang out with his buddies and an angel and demon who team up to prevent their beloved Earth's destruction. It's difficult to pull off a humorous take on the... Read More »

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Shelf_Talk Feb 22, 2019

Release date on Amazon Prime: May 31, with David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, with Frances McDormand as God, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan.


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russosharon
Apr 27, 2019

Super fun for about 100 pages then you are tired of it and just want it to end.

_McGeek_ Apr 23, 2019

A dark comedy about the apocalypse? Armageddon? (whichever one has heaven, hell etc.)
that I found to be a light, fun read. Great banter between the two main characters as well. I feel like this will almost translate better to TV (which I'd rarely say about the book version), only because of all the crazy/hilarious action scenes and the insane cast.
I'd recommend if you're into dark comedy and sci fi for sure, or a fan of Pratchett or Gaiman.

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Linyarai
Apr 11, 2019

I love Neil Gaiman, but I didn't love this. I really tried to, it just felt slow and jumpy to me. I couldn't get into the characters but I did find a few parts funny.

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Geraldine9
Mar 28, 2019

Listen, you know that I like witch books and this one is no exception--highly recommended.

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mhellwig
Mar 22, 2019

This book is hilarious, odd romp through the apocalypse. Worth a read!

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violetkitty13
Feb 15, 2019

Who could have guessed the magic that is Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman? I'm so excited for the mini-series on Amazon Prime in May!

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Havanacat
Jan 11, 2019

Plot. Hilarious dry-humour take on Armegeddon and humanity's ability to be good, bad, and ugly, often at the same time.

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annaburger
Dec 30, 2018

plot- fantasy- a hysterical take on the apocalypse, flush with angels, demons, horsemen of the apocalypse, an antichrist and a whole bunch of prophecies

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 28, 2018

Friends have been telling me for years that this is one of the funniest books ever written—and I found out they were right. If you laughed at *The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy* or can’t stop watching “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” you will want to try *Good Omens.*

Armageddon is coming. The armies of Heaven and Hell are gathering. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have saddled up (on motorcycles, but still…). Yet there are complications. One Demon and one Angel, who have hung around earth since the beginning, really like modern life and think that blowing it all up seems just a bit extreme. The Demon started earthly existence as that snake providing temptation. He was called “Crawley” then, but thought that was unnecessarily insulting and changed it to “Crowley.” The Angel is Aziraphale, who used to guard Eden. He now runs a rare book store and goes drinking with Crowley.

Crowley was put in charge of the baby who is the son of Satan and fated to become the Antichrist -- except some bumbling Satanic nuns mess up the transfer and mix up the babies. Thereby hangs the plot, such as it is, with Crowley and Aziraphale desperately trying to stop Armageddon without getting in trouble with their Superiors. The big laughs come in the tangents as the authors go after highway architects, phone salespeople, occultists, busybody neighbors, snooty English tourists, arrogant American politicians, television product hustlers, television religion hustlers, and dozens more. Read it somewhere where it’s okay to laugh aloud.

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Lady_Librarian
Nov 26, 2018

This was pretty good. I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan but feel pretty meh about Terry Pratchett. I first read "The Color of Magic" by Terry Pratchett and hated it. Then I tried "Hogfather" which I liked a lot more. I feel like "Good Omens" reads more like Pratchett than Gaiman. Overall it was good though (and very British). Glad I read it before the tv show comes out next year.

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mhellwig
Mar 22, 2019

An angel and a demon try to stop the apocalypse since they enjoy life on earth too much to destroy it in a war.
This book is a fantastic read for those who enjoy British humor with a side of the occult. Both fans of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett will find something to love about the story.

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daviesg6
Jun 13, 2013

well written, very funny, the authors show that they can work together and produce a work of genius. one of the funniest books i have ever read.

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mhellwig
Mar 22, 2019

"The Power Cable (Nebraska) Evangelical Choir launched into "Jesus Is the Telephone Repairman on the Switchboard of My Life," and almost drowned out the sound of the rising wind."
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