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 . . .
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990) is a World Fantasy Award-nominated novel written as a collaboration between the English authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. The book is a comedy about the birth of the son of Satan and the coming of the End Times. There are attempts by the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley to sabotage the coming of the end times, having grown accustomed to their comfortable surroundings in England. One subplot features a mixup at the small country hospital on the day of birth and the growth of the Antichrist, Adam, who grows up with the wrong family, in the wrong country village. Another subplot concerns the summoning of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, each a big personality in their own right. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 68 on the BBC's survey The Big Read...
This is not accurate to what the Holy bible says about judgement day this is a worldly one Christians be ware. 15
As a teenager I really enjoy books like this, it had a great premise and good comedy. 55
This book shows its age, now. It is still extremely clever and humorous. I gave it a 4 star review because it is a little culturally specific for the English, but I, as an American, still found it thoroughly enjoyable. 45
I have read this book so many times and it only gets better! 55
Pretty well anything goes in this frenetic fantasy gone berserk. Open your mind for this one and enjoy. 45
You get the asterisks, but none of the helpful notes. What is up with that? 15
This book is just fantastic, and started my love of Gaiman. 55
This might be the third or forth time I've read this book; it's certainly not the last. I love Terry Pratchett. I love Neil Gaiman. I think the whole world should. 55
A book 20 years old needs no review, for every review has already been given, every angle of analysis exhausted, every compliment catalogued, and every one of millions of copies used, abused, and ultimately loved. So instead refer to the title for my complete review, a monosyllabic affirmation of my immediate and unreserved affection for this book. 55
What they say jokingly in the intro is true: I've had multiple copies of this book over the years, somehow they always get loaned out and not returned...and since this is one of my favorite books of all time, getting it electronically so I can reread it whenever I want is a beautiful thing. Yes, I still replace my physical copy of the book - it's just too good to not share :) 55