Good Omens
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Good Omens

by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Release date: 1990
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.

World Fantasy Award nominee 1991.

There is a 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 massing, the four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world's last two remaining witchfinders are getting ready to Fight the Good Fight. Atlantis is rising. Frogs are falling. Tempers are flaring, and everything appears to be going to Divine Plan.

Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. They've lived amongst Humanity for millennia, and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle. So if Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the AntiChrist (which is a shame, really, as he's a nice kid). There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him.

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's brilliantly dark and funny take on mankind's final judgment is back, 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.

updated 2017-01-16

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I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel. I like both Pratchett and Gaiman very much, but their styles are so different that I was tiny bit biased despite of all praising reviews.. But the mix turned out to be extremely funny and piercingly clever, making a joke of heaven and hell (and pretty much everything in between.) It sounds more like Pratchett but I can see how Gaiman added some depth and darkness into this blend. I wouldn't recommend this for religious fanatics or (too) serious Neil fans. Ineffably good! ;)
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I've read this book the second time now and it was as indescribably hilarious as the first time. One could say that Pratchett and Gaimann tried to accommodate too much characters in that tale: prophets, angels and demons, fortune teller and witch-finder, Bikers of the Apocalypse, a gang of kids. As each thread of the tale has its own small and great events it never gets boring. Beside the Them I like the Bikers most - just to think of their new means of transport and how one of them has taken over the job from another makes me laugh.
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