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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...
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...
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  • 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 . . .

About the Author-

  • Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 29, 1990
    When a scatterbrained Satanist nun goofs up a baby-switching scheme and delivers the infant Antichrist to the wrong couple, it's just the beginning of the comic errors in the divine plan for Armageddon which this fast-paced novel by two British writers zanily details. Aziraphale, an angel who doubles as a rare-book dealer, and Crowley, a demon friend who's assigned to the same territory, like life on Earth too much to allow the long-planned war between Heaven and Hell to happen. They set out to find the Antichrist and avert Armageddon, on the way encountering the last living descendant of Agnes Nutter, Anathema, who's been deciphering accurate prophecies of the world's doom but is unaware she's living in the same town as the Antichrist, now a thoroughly human and normal 11-year-old named Adam. As the appointed day and hour approach, Aziraphale and Crowley blunder through seas of fire and rains of fish, and come across a misguided witch hunter, a middle-aged fortune teller and the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse. It's up to Adam in the neatly tied end, as his humanity prevails over the Divine Plan and earthly bungling. Some humor is strictly British, but most will appeal even to Americans ``and other aliens.'' Literary Guild alternate.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 25, 2010
    The end of the world is coming, and the portents are everywhere. All is dependent on the anti-Christ—if the agents of good and evil here on Earth can find him. Action-packed with flaming swords and freakish catastrophes, the 20-year-old novel is made even more suspenseful, irreverent, and clever with Martin Jarvis at the helm. Young or old, male or female, angel or demon, human or not, Jarvis’s voices are legion, and his delivery and dramatics make for never a dull moment.

  • Clive Barker "The Apocalypse has never been funnier."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Hilariously naughty."
  • New Orleans Times-Picayune "Fiendishly funny."
  • Rave Reviews "From beginning to end, GOOD OMENS is side-splittingly funny . . . a ripping good time."
  • Rocky Mountain News "If you've never read [GOOD OMENS], don't miss it now. Grade: A."
  • Palm Beach Post "It could be called The Hitchhiker's Guide to Armargeddon."
  • San Francisco Chronicle "Reads like the Book of Revelation, rewritten by Monty Python."
  • San Diego Union-Tribune "[L]ittle asides, quirky observations, simple puns and parody eventually add up to snorts, chortles and outright laughs."
  • Detroit Free Press "What's so funny about Armageddon? More than you'd think . . . GOOD OMENS has arrived just in time."
  • San Diego Union-Tribune "Full-bore contemporary lunacy. A steamroller of silliness that made me giggle out loud."
  • New York Times "A direct descendant of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
  • Poul Anderson "An utter delight--fresh, exciting, uproariously funny."
  • Orlando Sentinel "Outrageous . . . read it for a riotous good laugh!"
  • New York Review of Science Fiction "I whooped . . . I laughed . . . I was in near hysterics.:
  • James Morrow, author of Only Begotten Daughter "A slapstick Apocalypse, a grinning grimoire, a comic Necronomicon, a hitchhiker's guide to the netherworld."
  • Sunday Express (London) "Huge fun."
  • Library Journal "Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise . . . Highly recommended."
  • Washington Post "Something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated."

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