GOOD OMENS

The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

412 pages

English language

Published March 1, 2006

ISBN:
978-0-06-085398-3
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4 stars (551 reviews)

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 . . .

80 editions

My favourite apocalypse

5 stars

How would you feel if you were a supernatural being enjoying the XX century on Earth when Heaven and Hell decide it's time to bring on the Apocalypse? Angel Aziraphale enjoys his bookshop on Earth very much and after so many centuries of companionship he even learnt to appreciate the bon vivant demon Crowley. In this way, they are both very disappointed to learn that the Antichrist was born and that in eleven years' time the Earth will be destroyed. Since they both believe they know more about humans than their counterparts (above and below), they take it to themselves to try and stop the Armageddon. But the Antichrist seems to be missing and people, being people, are not keen on letting the Earth go just yet.

I've loved this book since the first time I read it so many years ago and it's amazing that it keeps growing on …

A fun book about the end of the world...or is it?

3 stars

A fun book to read that gives a humorous spin on the "end of the world" type of story. The story starts with two supernatural characters, the angel, Aziraphale, and the demon, Crowley, meeting after Adam and Eve are evicted from the Garden of Eden. As the years past, they find they like each other and come to a gentlemen's agreement that sees them doing enough to please their respective authorities (Heaven and Hell), while keeping the peace between themselves.

But it comes to an end when Crowley find he has to deliver the anti-Christ to a devilish nunnery, where the anti-Christ is to be swapped with another baby and then raised in the ways of evil (or good) until he is ready to end the world. But things go wrong when the wrong babies were swapped (without Crowley's knowledge). Years later, just days before the end of the world …

An interesting collaboration

3 stars

I enjoyed the premise. Gaiman's themes (what happens when the supernatural interacts with our world in almost a commonplace way) and Pratchet's humor were both compelling and made me want to read more of both authors. I felt the premise and set-up were stronger than the ending. I just wanted more of the angel and demon enjoying each other's company.

Review of 'Good Omens' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

I liked most of this. The characters are engaging, the angel and demon are fantastic, the plot is pretty well paced, and most of the humor is spot on. However, it has threads of homophobia wound throughout the book, despite the character in question canonically being "sexless". A lot of the homophobic jokes are made by characters we're meant to dislike, but it disrupted my enjoyment of an otherwise great story.

If you're looking to the book to see if you'd like the show, the homophobia and pacing issues are some of the things that the show fixed, and I recommend you just watch that instead of trying to read the original material.

Review of 'Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

4.5 Really hard to choose betwen that and 4.25. On the one hand it's a great book, but on the other hand some of the scenes really haven't aged well (especially War in southern countries) and the pacing is quite sub-optimal in the first half. Also what's up with all the weird anti-Welsh prejudice? Still a great book and I really like the authors' stressing of human agency. Oh and definitely more fun in the original than in the rather lackluster German translation. They even changed Newton's name.

Review of 'Good Omens' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

супер! просто супер: пратчетів гумор, гейманів сюжет і бомбезна постановка з англійськими акторами — смакота, і хочеться більше! p.s. рекомендую спершу прочитати саму книжку — зайде легше.

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