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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552137030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552137034
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humour; the result is a humanist delight to be savoured and read again and again. You see, there was a bit of a mix-up when the Antichrist was born, due in part to the machinations of Crowley, who did not so much fall as saunter downwards, and in part to the mysterious ways as manifested in the form of a part-time rare book dealer, an angel named Aziraphale. Like top agents everywhere, they've long had more in common with each other than the sides they represent, or the conflict they are nominally engaged in. The only person who knows how it will all end is Agnes Nutter, a witch whose prophecies all come true, if one can only manage to decipher them. The minor characters along the way (Famine makes an appearance as diet crazes, no-calorie food and anorexia epidemics) are as much fun as the story as a whole, which adds up to one of those rare books which is enormous fun to read the first time, and the second time, and the third time.… --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Wickedly funny" (Time Out)

"A superbly funny book. Pratchett and Gaiman are the most hilariously sinister team since Jekyll and Hyde. If this is Armageddon, count me in" (James Herbert)

"Wow" (Washington Post)

"'Not quite as sinister as the authors' photo'" (The Times)

"'Hilarious Pratchett magic tempered by Neil Gaiman's dark steely style; who could ask for a better combination?'" (Fear)

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this book! The first time I came across it, it was hidden in a corner in a bookstore. It cried out to me. I had to take it home. I laughed so hard that I cried, more than once. I loved it so much I gave it away. Which is an extraordinarily difficult thing for me to do. But it wanted to be shared, and I can't deny a book its destiny. My brain, however, is not so capable of release. I had to buy it again. And read it over and over and over. Until I gave it to my boyfriend, before we were dating. And still, I read it at his house. When he forgot and gave it back to me, I cruelly didn't correct him. (It came back to me! It must be fate!) Now, there's a new edition out, with comments by the authors. I have to go get it.

I'm obsessed. It's unhealthy. I know. Come join me. It's the best apocalypse you'll ever survive.

Crowley and Aziraphale have been locked in the battle between good and evil since, well, at least the beginning of time. In fact, it's been so long that it's become more of a debate then a battle. Actually more of a conversation. Aziraphale is an angel, and part-time rare bookseller. It's a front; he really collects the books for himself. Crowley is sort of a fallen angel; well, as the book says "an angel who did not so much fall as saunter vaguely downward". So he's a demon, ish. Mostly he's an instigator. These two have been enemies for so long that they've become pretty good friends.

But that's all going to end. Everything is going to end. Next Saturday. That's when the apocalypse has been scheduled for. The final battle between good and evil. What's an angel, or demon, to do when it comes time to end the world, but they really don't want to?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Axtell on 27 July 2006
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What I like is the fact that there are reviews here spanning 8 years, the earliest being 1998. Isn't that when Amazon started product reviews? I know that there are major works of literature that last decades (you know the ones), but this isn't. It's a mere trifle of a book. But a very tasty trifle and one of my favourites.

This book is a tongue in cheek comedy about the apocalypse, amongst other things, and there are genuine laughs around every corner. You could almost picture it as a TV miniseries or something. If you can't imagine yourself laughing out loud at the prospect of armageddon, then this book will surprise you, even if you are a hardened literature fanatic.

Even though it's a bit of a religious satire (a la Dogma), I can't really see it offending anybody, as the idea is so far out it cannot possibly be taken seriously. And you would have to be extremely pretentious or have a heart of stone not to find it funny, especially the Hell Hound, the M25 and and the way SATAN SPEAKS TO CROWLEY. DON'T LET US DOWN NOW CROWLEY.

Time has been kind to this book and all I hope is that there are still people buying this book in the next decade. People will still be watching Spinal Tap for years to come. I hope this book receives the same treatment.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Liz Conlan on 6 Jun. 2006
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I don't normally have out and out favourites, but this book has to be an exception as it's the only book I've ever re-read until it fell apart in my hands!

A cracking comedy about the end of the world that's well worth buying just for the footnote explanations "for Americans and other aliens" of such British staples as roaring open fires, Milton Keynes and pre-decimal currency.

It's about time I added to the stack of reviews for this one and 06/06/06 seemed the perfect time considering the Armageddon theme!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Tayler on 3 Nov. 2006
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One of my favorite Terry Pratchett books - on a par with anything else he's written. A twisted version of the 'Omen' - a "what would happen if..." the antichrist was actually brought up by a middle class family in Tadfield. The hell dog is now a cuddly mongrel that likes it's tummy tickled, and the antichrist is an imaginative boy living in a constant ray of sunshine.

A very clever book with so many recent contemporary references, light hearted humour, dark humour - and some great philosophical moments. 'The ineffable plan' on its own could be the spark to a highly intellectual conversation.

Ultimately about choice, and the many paths that human life can follow. If you don't have it yet, buy it! You won't be able to put it down
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun. 2001
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"Good Omens"... The title says it all, doesn't it? If you haven't read this tome of magnificence, do so on the double. You won't regret it. If you're an avid fan of the pragmatic comic fantasy and sci-fi genre (as am I), into Douglas Adams, Tom Holt, Spike Milligan, the Goons, Monty Python, Red Dwarf, and just about everything else, you'll absolutely and undeniably enjoy this novel. It's co-authored by the infintesimally gifted Neil Gaiman, but is more of a scintillating rip-snorting effort of Pratchettian humour. It isn't Pterry's best, contrary to popular belief, that much coveted award has to be given to "Small Gods" (see my review of it), but "Good Omens" is nevertheless a refreshing, hilarious, insightful, cynical look at life, the universe, everything, and quite appropriately, witchfinding. "Good Omens" is...well, let's put it like this: it is a novel that, as Terry Gilliam says, is a children's story, and it's about the Antichrist. Funnily enough, the Antichrist is a nice comic-book dwelling young man named Adam, who has been displaced on planet Earth, Tadfield, to bring about the much-prepared Apocalypse. Unfortunately, Adam doesn't particularly enthuse upon this concept. He's not demonic, he's not angelic, he's only human, and that's the way it is. Meanwhile, Aziraphale the bookshop-proprietor and angel on the side, and Crowley, the serpent of the Garden of Eden and anti-Freddy Mercury enthusist, are having too good a time of it to let the world see its end, and so they go about relocating the Antichrist, and halt the Day of Reckoning after they finish off a round of pints.Read more ›
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