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

by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

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The world is preparing to come to an end according to the Divine Plan recorded in the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded 1655). Meanwhile, a fussy angel and a fast-living demon have grown fond of living among the earth's mortals for many millennia and are not looking forward to the apocalypse. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they must find and kill the Antichrist.… (more)
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Stephen Briggs is THE reading voice for Good Omens IMO.
No offence to Martin Jarvis.

There is something to be said about being read to. It is a wonderful thing indeed.
Let yourself be spoilt by such pleasure.

It's an outstanding hilarious piece of genius.
It needs a monument. Of books. Something like a library in the name of Good Omens.

This was excellent! ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
Listened to audio. ( )
  mtummeti | Jun 1, 2022 |
Excellent! So fun, Armaggedon! Loved it. Now watching the show on Prime. ( )
  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
I wasn't sure about this one in the beginning, but I found myself pulled in rather quickly. I feel like this will be very hit or miss for most readers. It does require a bit of Biblical knowledge to follow the storyline and understand many of the references. Having gone to a Christian school, where Bible was taught as a subject, I am pretty well versed. There were some points where I felt the story blundered along a bit, but not for long. This book takes a more humorous approach than my usual reading material. I enjoyed the change of pace, it was both entertaining and engaging. ( )
  Jfranklin592262 | May 5, 2022 |
Teoricamente, este livro é um dos melhores livros de humor de sempre, por ser escrito de uma forma super inteligente! No entanto, eu devo ser um pouco burrinha porque não percebi totalmente "a piada", ou então percebi, mas não achei que fosse "hilariante". É um livro de humor? - Sim, tem uma certa piada. É um livro interessante? - Quem gosta de histórias sobre anjos e demónios, o filho de Lúcifer, os Cavalheiros de Apocalipse - SEM DÚVIDA que vai adorar. Só que em vez de ser uma história sobre o fim do Mundo mórbida e escura, foi feita com piada e com algum suspance.

O livro é basicamente sobre o Fim dos Tempos - o Apocalipse chegou com o nascimento do Anticristo! O anjo Aziraphale e o demónio Crowley não gostaram nada desta ideia, pois o Apocalipse implica o desparecimento dos humanos e eles, ao viverem muito tempo na Terra começeram até gostar de humanos e acham que a vida sem eles vai ser muito má. Amigos de longa data na Terra, o anjo e o demónio decidem que deviam tomar conta da criança, afirmando que "nenhuma criança nasce logo má ou logo boa, é um processo de influência". Isso seria uma ótima forma de criar um rapazinho certinho, mas há um grande senão - o rapaz que eles achavam que era o filho do Lúcifer foi trocado a nascença e eles têm andado a influênciar o rapazinho errado o tempo todo.

Apesar de parecer que dei spoiler, na realidade a história é muito mais que isso! Por isso, quem gosta de algo diferente para ler, este livro devia estar no topo da lista. ( )
  Hanna_Rybchynska | Apr 29, 2022 |
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The book tackles things most science fiction and fantasy writers never think about, much less write. It does it in a straightforward manner. It's about Predestination and Free Will, about chaos and order, about human beings, their technology and their belief systems. When the book is talking about the big questions, it's a wow. It leaves room in both the plot and the reader's reactions for the characters to move around in and do unexpected but very human things.
added by Shortride | editThe Washington Post, Howard Waldrop (pay site) (Dec 20, 1990)
 
''Good Omens'' is a direct descendant of ''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,'' a vastly overpraised book or radio program or industry or something that became quite popular in Britain a decade ago when it became apparent that Margaret Thatcher would be in office for some time and that laughs were going to be hard to come by...

Obviously, it would be difficult to write a 354-page satirical novel without getting off a few good lines. I counted four... But to get to this material, the reader must wade through reams and reams of undergraduate dreck: recycled science-fiction cliches about using the gift of prophesy to make a killing in the stock market; shopworn jokes about American television programs (would you believe the book includes a joke about ''Have Gun, Will Travel''?); and an infuriating running gag about Queen, a vaudevillian rock group whose hits are buried far in the past and should have been buried sooner.
added by SnootyBaronet | editNew York Times, Joe Queenan (Nov 7, 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... Some humor is strictly British, but most will appeal even to Americans "and other aliens."
added by Shortride | editPublishers Weekly (Jul 20, 1990)
 

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Pratchett, Terryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, Neilmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aquan, Richard L.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Arak, HelenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Astrachan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carroll, JackNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cornner, HaydnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ferrer, MaríaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frampton, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fusari, LucaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gałązka, JacekTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horváth, NorbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ittekot, VenugopalanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jarvis, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kantůrek, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lew, BettyDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindforss, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marcel, PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrill, RowenaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ring, JonathanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sheen, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sinkkonen, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, DouglasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tennant, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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CAVEAT

Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home.
Dedication
The authors would like to join the demon Crowley in dedicating this book to the memory of

G. K. CHESTERTON

A man who knew what was going on.
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It was a nice day.
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It'd be a funny old world, he reflected, if demons went round trusting one another.
And there was never an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got into for eating it.
In one sense there was just clear air overhead. In another, stretching off to infinity, were the hosts of Heaven and Hell, wingtip to wingtip. If you looked really closely, and had been specially trained, you could tell the difference.
The book was commonly known as the Buggre Alle This Bible. The lengthy compositor's error, if such it may be called, occurs in the book of Ezekiel, chapter 48, verse five....

5. Buggre Alle this for a Larke. I amme sick to mye Hart of typefettinge. Master Biltonn if no Gentelmann, and Master Scagges noe more than a tighte fisted Southwarke Knobbefticke. I tell you, onne a daye laike thif Ennywone withe half an oz. of Sense shoulde bee oute in the Sunneshain, ane nott Stucke here alle the liuelong daie inn thif mowldey olde By-Our-Lady Workefhoppe. @ *"AE@;!*
The Buggre Alle This Bible was also noteworthy for having twenty-seven verses in the third chapter of Genesis, instead of the more usual twenty-four.

They followed verse 24, which in the King James version reads:

"So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life," and read:

25 And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, saying Where is the flaming sword which was given unto thee?

26 And the Angel said, I had it here only a moment ago, I must have put it down some where, forget me own head next.

27 And the Lord did not ask him again.

It appears that these verses were inserted during the proof stage. In those days it was common practice for printers to hang proof sheets to the wooden beams outside their shops, for the edification of the populace and some free proofreading, and since the whole print run was subsequently burned anyway, no one bothered to take up this matter with the nice Mr. A. Ziraphale, who ran the bookshop two doors along and was always so helpful with the translations, and whose handwriting was instantly recognizable.
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This work represents the book Good Omens. Please note that there is an unabridged audiobook edition, the narrators of which include Michael Sheen and David Tennant; please be careful not to combine this work with any adaptation (such as the TV adaptation starting Michael Sheen and David Tennant).
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The world is preparing to come to an end according to the Divine Plan recorded in the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded 1655). Meanwhile, a fussy angel and a fast-living demon have grown fond of living among the earth's mortals for many millennia and are not looking forward to the apocalypse. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they must find and kill the Antichrist.

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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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The novel's message:
"Heaven. Hell. They are both dull.
On Earth, there's sushi!"
(WilliamOrmond)

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