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

383 pages

Published June 28, 2011 by William Morrow.

ISBN:
9780061991127

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4 stars (57 reviews)

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is a 1990 novel written as a collaboration between the English authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.The book is a comedy about the birth of the son of Satan and the coming of the End Times. There are attempts by the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley to sabotage the coming of the end times, having grown accustomed to their comfortable surroundings in England. One subplot features a mixup at the small country hospital on the day of birth and the growth of the Antichrist, Adam, who grows up with the wrong family, in the wrong country village. Another subplot concerns the summoning of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, each a big personality in their own right. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 68 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

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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 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Oh, man. Why didn't I read this book sooner? Why, oh why, did I pick it up for "idle reading" in the heat of Finals season??
I'm not really sure how to describe this book, except that it's one of those books where you drift around with your eyes unfocused for hours after reading, and you spill a bunch of stuff because you've been well and truly entranced. It's one of those books that you can stare at and squeeze to your chest because the characters, even those that hail from the pits of Hell (especially those) feel like your best mates and the whole book fills you with a kind of existentially ironic warm fuzzy feeling, which I didn't even know was a thing. Laugh-out-loud hilarious, a good read for those who want to stop taking themselves so seriously. The writing was beautiful and I loved the dialogue. In …

Review of 'Good Omens' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Good Omens has been recommended to me an awful lot. B&N, GoodReads, and Kobo - all at the same time - said this is what people who like what I like like. I guess I can see why. I've liked several Neil Gaiman books and a couple of Terry Pratchetts. (I would probably like more Pratchett but I try to avoid being sucked into series fiction.)

Good Omens seems like a lot of other books and some BBC presentations: satire, silliness disguised as intelligent humo(u)r and vice versa. This novel actually does have some valuable stuff at the center. It's like it's trying to dissuade you from thinking of the nature of good and evil, what role religion plays in it, nature vs. nurture - but it's all there and plenty ponderous if you don't let yourself get distracted.

Other things Good Omens has: too many characters and plot twists, …

Review of 'Good Omens' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is one of the best and funniest books I have ever read. It is beautiful and is written by two kind, thoughtful authors who really really love humanity and so they wrote a book about the end of us all.

I just reread it for the 4th time and it is still as good as it ever was.

Review of 'Good Omens' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Just re-read this book again. It's one that I like to come back to every once in a while. The characterization is excellent. It is a book for humor, and [author:Terry Pratchett] and [author:Neil Gaiman] are both witty, sophisticated, knowledgeable men; most of the humor in this book requires wit, sophistication, and knowledge to fully appreciate.

For all that, this is a quick, entertaining read. This is one it's difficult to put down.

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