Good OmensHardback Gollancz S.F.
- Publisher: Gollancz
- Format: Hardback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 242mm x 38mm | 620g
- Publication date: 18 October 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0575080485
- ISBN 13: 9780575080485
- Sales rank: 86,251
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.
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Terry Pratchett is the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the phenomenally successful Discworld series. He won the Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, and was created an OBE in 1998. He lives in England. Neil Gaiman is the internationally bestselling author of the Sandman series of graphic novels, Fragile Things, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, Stardust and Coraline. He lives in the United States.
By Marta Silva 27 Aug 2010
To quote Book-a-Minute, "Five billion people almost DIE, and it is FUNNY."
That's the gist of Good Omens. But let's forget about the five billion almost dying, and focus on the funny. Because it's funny. Brilliantly so. Hilarious, actually.
It may sound obvious, but think about Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and put them together. Terry Pratchett's humour and Neil Gaiman's knack for surreality. That's all in there, tied together so well, that it is impossible to tell them apart.
Good Omens is about the Apocalypse and its Four Horsemen, the Anti-Christ, The Beginning and End of Things, Angels and Demons and everything else that comes with it. But most of all it is a set of stories that all converge into one point. The characters are believable, they are surreal, and you do expect them to pop out in the your street at any time, even if it is The Antichrist.
This book is a favourite of mine. When I need something that will amuse me and provide a good read this is usually the book I pick up. If I am to be found chuckling or even laughing out loud alone, this book is sure to be the cause of it.
"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" "GOOD OMENS is frequently hilarious, littered with funny footnotes and eccentric characters. It's also humane, intelligent, suspenseful, and fully equipped with a chorus of 'Tibetans, Aliens, American, Atlanteans and other rare and strange creatures of the Last Days.' If the end is near, Pratchett and Gaiman will take us there in style"-"Locus" "Wickedly funny"-"Time Out" "Hilarious Pratchett magic tempered by Neil Gaiman's dark steely style; who could ask for a better combination?"-"Fear" "Not quite as sinster as the authors' photo"-"The Times"