Good Omens

The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Gaiman, Neil

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Good Omens
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. Which means that Armageddon will happen on a Saturday night. There will be seas of fire, rains of fish, the moon turning to blood and the massed armies of Heaven and Hell will sort it outonce and for all. Which is a major problem for Crowley, Hell's most approachable demon and former serpent, and his opposite number and old friend Aziraphale, genuine angel and Soho bookshop owner. They like it down here (or, in Crowley's case, up here). So they've got no alternative but to stop the Four Motorcyclists of the Apocalypse, defeat the marching ranks of the Witchfinder's army and - somehow - stop it all happening. Above all (or, in Aziraphale's case, below all) they need to find and kill the Antichrist, currently the most powerful creature on Earth. This is a shame. Because he's eleven years old, loves his dog even though it's really a Satanic hellhound under all that hair, really cares about the environment and is the sort of boy anyone would be proud to have as a son. He's also totally invulnerable, and a nice kid. And if that isn't enough, they've still got Sunday to deal with. . .
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2006
Edition: 1st William Morrow ed
ISBN: 9780060853969
Branch Call Number: FICTION GAIMAN 2006
Characteristics: x, 384 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pratchett, Terry


From Library Staff

The time of the antichrist is at hand, but a mix-up at the hospital leaves the child of Satan to be raised in a quiet middle-class British family. Meanwhile, agents for heaven and hell, who rather like living on Earth, cooperate to prevent the apocalypse. If you like wry British humor with a das... Read More »

From two delightful imaginations comes a comic masterpiece in which the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, the hound of the devil chases sticks, and the end of the world is subject to Murphy's Law.
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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.

Two greats, Gaiman and Pratchett, came together to write this tale of a demon and an angel who decide that their bosses' planned apocalypse does not suit them. Library Journal called it "an untrammeled romp through the latter days."

Nutter's the name, prophecy's the game. End of days, wot? Got your Anti-Christ? Check. Hell hound? Check. Satanic nun? Present! Not to mention angels both virtuous and fallen. A side-splitting novel in which being evil means never having to pay for bodywork for your Bentley and listening to lots ... Read More »

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Jun 10, 2014

The End of Days as done by Monty Python.

Feb 04, 2014
  • Cathleen @Blood rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Satire and religion DO mix, as Terry Pratchett proves in the slightly absurd and spritely dialogue in Good Omens. Followers of the One True Faith beware, Terry's got your number.

Jan 06, 2014

Love Pratchett. Love Gaiman. Them working together is ineffably good.
This is close enough to being the best book ever (it isn't, but it's very close) to be worth a read.

Aug 16, 2012
  • sonjaherndon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is hilarious! It was a very a very interesting take on the world. I loved it!

Aug 01, 2012
  • adelaideblair rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I had not read this in about 15 years, so I was prepared to find that reality would not live up to my memories. Luckily for me, this book held up wonderfully. It's funny, thoughtful, and inventive. I should probably not wait another 15 years to read it again.

Jul 06, 2012
  • terminallyCapricious rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I heard it was a comedy before I read it, and was completely blindsided by the philosophical side of this novel: it really thinks about things, and it's a very enjoyable read. I'm not saying it's not funny, because it IS very funny. I'm just saying that it's not the whole of the novel.

The characters are very believable and interesting, especially Aziraphale, Crowley and Adam.

In short, I cannot recommend this highly enough. Not heavy on characters or prose, but worth reading more then once to fully appreciate the intricacy.

Jul 01, 2012
  • Quetzlzacatenango rated this: 4 stars out of 5.


May 02, 2012

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman write a novel about the End of Days.

Mar 08, 2012
  • SeattleXL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The authors start with what would happen if the Anti-Christ is raised as a normal boy in rural England?
The book is full of memorial characters whether they be The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Angel and Demon tasked for overseeing it, witch hunters, witches, prophetess, hound of hell, and and so on. I rarely read a book twice and this one I have read three time and each time a joy. I cannot listen to Queen without immediately thinking of Crowley and his demonic car and smile. Yes, it is fantasy but what fun!

Nov 22, 2011
  • wilstyles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Terry Pratchett makes the apocalypse hilarious! Sometimes it was a little difficult to keep track of all of the characters, but it was such a fun read. One example - the four horseman of the apocalypse in this story are the four bikers of the apocalypse, yup, hell's angels.

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Dec 24, 2014
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Jun 13, 2013
  • daviesg6 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

well written, very funny, the authors show that they can work together and produce a work of genius. one of the funniest books i have ever read.


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