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Good Omens

By (author) Terry Pratchett , By (author) Neil Gaiman

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According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 106 x 178 x 25mm | 206g
  • 01 Sep 1991
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London
  • English
  • 0552137030
  • 9780552137034
  • 7,842

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Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing today. He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he 'doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three already'. He was appointed OBE in 1998. He is the author of the phenomenally successful Discworld series and his trilogy for young readers, The Bromeliad, is scheduled to be adapted into a spectacular animated movie. His first Discworld novel for children, THE AMAZING MAURICE AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS, was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.

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`'Wickedly funny'` Time Out `'A superbly funny book. Pratchett and Gaiman are the most hilariously sinister team since Jekyll and Hyde. If this is Armageddon, count me in'` -- James Herbert `'Heaven to read, and you'll laugh like hell'` Time Out `'Not quite as sinister as the authors' photo'` The Times `'Hilarious Pratchett magic tempered by Neil Gaiman's dark steely style; who could ask for a better combination?'` Fear

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This publisher's first novel is a gay, demented eschatological farce in which the Antichrist doesn't really have his heart in it. Eleven years before the end of the world foretold by accurate but obscure Agnes Nutter's prophecies, Sister Mary Loquacious - the Satanist charged with switching the infant Antichrist with another infant - flubs the job when a third infant is introduced into the scenario, and the Lord of Darkness gets shunted aside in favor of Adam Young, who grows into boyhood with an uncomfortable sense of mission. Awaited with fear by angelic Aziraphale and demonic Crowley - friendly rivals who don't want their worldly tug-of-war to end - with zealous hatred by Witchfinder Sgt. Shadwell and harlot-masseuse-medium Madame Tracy, and with ecstatic anticipation by latter-day Nutterite Anathema Device and Newton Pulsifer, who bounces from Shadwell's employ into Anathema's bed, the apocalypse looms - dripping with throwaway allusions, giggly footnotes, and broad swipes at the decline of the West. It's the ultimate Saturday night bummer, fueled by a miraculous thousand-ton theft of nuclear fuel and the determination of Adam's gang Them to follow the trail of the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse. Hilariously naughty, and just what you'd expect from a collaboration between comics-veteran Gaiman and fantasist Pratchett (Strata, 1981; The Light Fantastic, 1983). A best-seller in England, and a book to watch here. It could catch on with the Douglas Adams crowd. (Kirkus Reviews)

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According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter--the world's only `totally reliable guide to the future--the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...

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Brilliantly funny and quirky

I'd long been a Terry Pratchett fan but I discovered Neil Gaiman through this book. It features a lot of the same British ironic humour that Pratchett is known for, but a sense of apocalypse that only Gaiman could provide. One of my top 10.show more
by Karen Roberts