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 . . .
About the Author
Novelist Neil Gaiman has sent a British businessman tumbling into a fantastic underworld and had a devil and angel comically conspiring to thwart the Apocalypse. He found his biggest success, though, in Death, Dreams and Destruction -- and the four other similarly named siblings who controlled the reins of the human race's emotional impulses in his graphic-novel series The Sandman, a wholesale rejuvenation of graphic fiction that had everyone from Tori Amos to Norman Mailer spinning with, yes, Delirium.
San Diego Tribune
A steamroller of silliness that mademe giggle out loud.
Outrageous...read it for a riotous good laugh!
Detroit Free Press
What's so funny about Armageddon? Mor than you'd think...Good Omens has arrived just in time!
This zany tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an 11-year-old Antichrist and a doomsaying witch; unmistakably British humor is in abundance. (Mar.)
“Wacky and irreverent.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Reads like the Book of Revelation, rewritten by Monty Python.”
Detroit Free Press
“What’s so funny about Armageddon? More than you’d think . . . GOOD OMENS has arrived just in time.”
“Something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated.”
New Orleans Times-Picayune
“From beginning to end, GOOD OMENS is side-splittingly funny . . . a ripping good time.”
New York Review of Science Fiction
“I whooped . . . I laughed . . . I was in near hysterics.:
Palm Beach Post
“It could be called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Armargeddon.”
Rocky Mountain News
“If you’ve never read [GOOD OMENS], don’t miss it now. Grade: A.”
San Diego Union-Tribune
“[L]ittle asides, quirky observations, simple puns and parody eventually add up to snorts, chortles and outright laughs.”
“Outrageous . . . read it for a riotous good laugh!”
Sunday Express (London)
New York Times
“A direct descendant of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
The birth of the Antichrist in a London hospital begins the countdown to Armageddon. As the forces of both Heaven and Hell anticipate the coming battle to decide the world's fate, a desperate few--including an angel with a taste for rare books, a demon in mirrorshades, the descendant of the world's most accurate prophetess, a part-time witchfinder, four young children, and a dog--race against time to prevent it. Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise, this collaboration between comics writer Gaiman and Discworld series author Pratchett fuses fantasy and comedy into an untrammeled romp through the latter days. Highly recommended for fantasy and general fiction collections.
School Library Journal
YA-- The end of the world is nigh! At least according to the prophecies of Agnes Nutter, a witch whose predictions are usually accurate but seldom heeded. Eleven years before the deadly Last Saturday Night, the ancient rivals of good and evil personified by the angelic Aziraphale (otherwise living as a London book dealer) and the demonic devil and former serpent Crowley clash in substituting the Antichrist during the birth of a baby. But the babies are switched as an unexpected third child enters the picture. The confusion picks up pace as witch hunters Sgt. Shadwell and Newton Pulsifer pursue modern Nutter follower Anathema Device. Along the way, countless puns, humorous footnotes, and satirical illusions enliven the story. A book that's sure to appeal to devoted fans of Douglas Adams.-- Diana C. Hirsch, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, MD
"From beginning to end, GOOD OMENS is side-splittingly funny . . . a ripping good time."--Rave Reviews
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 28th November 2006
Dimensions (cm): 17.0 x 10.9 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.213