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Good Omens

Good Omens

The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Book - 2006
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The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, now 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 : HarperTorch, 2006, c1990
ISBN: 9780060853983
Characteristics: xii, 412 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Pratchett, Terry


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The series stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen, and Jon Hamm. Release date: 2019 on Amazon

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Jun 01, 2021

Good Omens takes place in an alternate version of the real world, incorporating elements of the Christian mythos into its worldbuilding. The main characters, Aziraphale, an angel, and Crowley, a demon, have been living on Earth since it was created, and have grown quite attached to it. The book starts with the introduction of the infant Antichrist, setting up the story to take place in the short time before Armageddon. Aziraphale and Crowley, not wanting the end of the world they’ve grown so attached to, seek to find ways to delay Armageddon for a good while. But there are mix-ups and mishaps, and the world seems intent on ending, despite their best efforts.
With its amusing writing style and slew of interesting characters, the book is an enjoyable read for anyone who doesn’t mind stories about the world’s potential end told through a humorous lens and biblical references. Despite its comedic style, however, the book does at times make subtle commentary about people and the nature of humanity, and looks at why, despite it all, it might be worth saving. But even without looking at deeper meaning, it’s still a compelling narrative, and I greatly enjoyed it. The relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley is strong and well-developed, and the storytelling style feels relatable and captivating. I believe older readers (mid-late teens and older) who are fans of either Gaiman or Pratchett (or both) would find Good Omens to be an entertaining read worth enjoying many times over.

May 19, 2021

I love this book. I read it a long time ago, and listened to the "radio show" style audiobook that was available for it. I recommend it for most other readers, and especially for people that have not yet had the pleasure of reading something by Neil Gaiman.

Apr 28, 2021

As recorded in “The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch”, the world is ending next Saturday. Following the story of a demon and an angel as they team together to prevent the apocalypse. Good Omens by Neil Gaimon and Terry Pratchet presents a perfect mix of wry humor, satire, and raw, genuine characters. Even the random side characters that are occasionally used as lenses to view the story from their perspective (another incredibly unique aspect of the writing in this book) were immensely enjoyable, even if they were only present for a couple chapters. I loved all the characters and their dynamics together, but the ones that stood out to me the most were Crowley and Aziraphale, the demon and the angel I mentioned earlier. Not only are they fantastic characters on their own, through their relationship the authors show that true love doesn’t always have to involve kissing, dates, and love confessions, an idea that isn’t as prevalent in today's media. While the characters and the humor are really what make this story shine, the plot is very interesting as well and kept me captivated and invested. Overall, the story, the characters, and the humor in Good Omens work together phenomenally to create an incredibly enjoyable experience that I’d recommend to everyone.

Nov 20, 2020

I've been watching the series this week and absolutely love it! So onward to the book!

Nov 05, 2020

A rollicking fantasy with a wry sense of humour. If you enjoy unique stories with numerous omniscient asides, no-sacred-cows social & humanity commentary, and out-of-left-field events that still tie together in a cohesive and wildly imaginative story... this fits the bill.
I started to watch the TV series (8 eps.), stopped a little past half-way to read the book, then went back to finish the series. Although similar in many ways: the book has more textual depth and added comedic value in its footnotes; the TV series pulls out all the stops with amazing visuals, Sheen & Tenant are excellent, and adds a bit more of an edgy ending not in the printed page.
I understand why the book has a rabid fan base. A highly recommended read.

Sep 25, 2020

Recommended by Tor - Sarah Waites

Sep 16, 2020

Terrific book with the most unconventional characters in (or out0 of this world. A demon and an angel have been friends and sort of colleagues for thousands of years, but something brand new has happened and they have to deal with it. Also involving a witch, a crusader, a nice young man and a bunch of kids. One of the greatest reads of all time. It's my favorite.

Aug 14, 2020

Saw the TV series before reading the book and the TV series based on the book was entertaining and hilarious. The book is an entertaining read and I burst out laughing more than once while reading. Read the book, watch the TV series, both are worth the time taken. Enjoy!!!!!

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 21, 2020

A funny and memorable tour with an unlikely set of quirky characters. Pratchett and Gaiman's collaboration is every bit the joy ride you'd predict from the minds of these authors.

May 05, 2020

According to Agnes Nutter, the only reliable guide to the future, the world will be ending next Saturday, just after tea. This doesn’t sit well with a certain demon and fussy angel, who both quite like living on earth. It also just so happens that the Antichrist is missing. The humour that ripples throughout this work is unparalleled. Dry, satirical, and wickedly funny, Pratchett and Gaiman create some of the weirdest characters and circumstances ever imagined in fiction. The plot meanders quite a bit, especially when reading in eBook format, but the circumstances that happen along the way are compelling enough to keep the reader occupied throughout the novel. It’s these details that make Good Omens an enjoyable read, as opposed to the overall, somewhat predictable, plot. Recommended for fans of the authors other works and the Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fford. 4/5 stars
@viedelabibliothèque of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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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.

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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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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