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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (Cover… (original 1990; edition 2006)

by Neil Gaiman (Author)

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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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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett (1990)

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    The Gates by John Connolly (midnightbex)
    midnightbex: Dealing with a similar end of the world theme, The Gates tells an entirely different but equally hilarious story about the apocalypse. As an added bonus, there is also the occasional amusing and often diverting foot note to look forward to.
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    jscape2000: These authors revel in taking the things you think you know, turning them sideways and shaking them.
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    allisongryski: These two books share a certain cheeky darkness and both have fantastic eccentric characters and wildly inventive plots
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    A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny (WildMaggie)
    WildMaggie: Gaiman has acknowledged his debt to Zelanzy. It echoes in Good Omens.
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    hairball: This is kind of an obvious one, but hey! someone has to point out the obvious...
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    Awfki: Not nearly as good but another humorous take on the apocalypse.
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    ChillnND: I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman style comedy fantasy and I found Barking Mad to be not dissimilar in its level of wit and humor combined with the supernatural/fantasy genre. Barking aims a bit more at good-natured parody of Agatha Christie and similarly styled mysteries. I looked forward to every minute of reading it and hope the author gives us some more Spiffington mysteries.… (more)
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    TheDivineOomba: Very similiar in theme and quality, but Good Omens is a better book.

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The basic premise is that the world is coming to an end because the Antichrist is coming into his powers. The inhabitants of Heaven and Hell are pretty stoked about this because The Great War will determine the ultimate winner. There are only 2 beings that aren't quite so thrilled and that's Aziraphale (Angel) and Crowley (Demon) because they know that the Apocalypse spells the end of the earth and all of the wonders therein. The real charm of this book are these two principal characters and their Odd Couple friendship (some really excellent dialogue which is super funny). I used to count fantasy as my favorite genre and reading books like this reminds me why I used to almost exclusively read from this genre. It's so much fun! 10/10

Bonus: amazing footnotes which reminded me of my reading experience with Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. ( )
  AliceaP | May 20, 2021 |
this book hooked me very early on and I'm so happy I stumbled across it. It's humours at times while dealing with serious topics, a unique perspective unlike any book I've read before.

A must read! ( )
  literarylifelines | May 13, 2021 |
The novel itself, of course, is wonderful. It features the "definitive" text of the novel, but in practice, there's not a whole lot in this text that's different from any other version of the book. Just some spelling tweaks and typo fixes. This isn't a case of the text being radically changed, like the author's preferred editions of American Gods or Neverwhere, but it's still nice to have a text that Gaiman and Pratchett's estate is happy with. However, what makes this particular edition worth looking into is Paul Kidby's illustrations. Included in this edition are 12 full-color illustrations and 5 black and white ones. The illustrations are very beautiful; extremely detailed and accurate to the novel - save for any featuring Crowley and Aziraphale, who have been tailored to look like David Tennant and Michael Sheen, respectively.

There isn't a whole lot to talk about in regards to the illustrations other than the fact that they're very nice ones and I wish there were more of them. It feels less like an illustrated book and more like a book with a handful of illustrations. When you compare this to something like the recent illustrated Harry Potter books, or even the recent Ocean at the End of the Lane illustrated edition, you'll see what I mean. Those books have had the illustrations very carefully placed alongside the text. The illustrations are vital to the experiences of those books and there are a lot of them. Whereas here, the illustrations are just sort of haphazardly placed, often ending up in the middle of a sentence that's continued on the next page. But that's not Kidby's fault, rather the fault of the publisher, and it's not enough for me to really ding the book.

Overall, it's a great edition of a really great book. It's a nice way to own Good Omens in hardcover and the illustrations really are beautiful. It also looks really nice on a shelf, so that's a definite bonus. If you already have the book in hardcover, there's probably not enough here to justify a double-dip, but if you're looking to finally own a hardback copy of Good Omens, I'd say this is the one to go for. ( )
  thoroughlyme | Apr 23, 2021 |
If you need something light and fun to read, give this book a try. I laughed to the point of tears. I plan to read more books by Pratchett.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
With two of my favourite authors colluding on this one it just couldn't fail to be a hoot, and i'm pleased to say it lived up to expectations. Nothing has yet knocked the discworld books off their well deserved top-spot, but this came pretty close to being on a par with a lot of them. Good characterization, nice plot, very humorous throughout with a good few really hilarious moments thrown in for good measure. An excellent read all round.
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  SFGale | Mar 23, 2021 |
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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, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lew, BettyDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindforss, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Morrill, RowenaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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