Good Omens

The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Paperback, 400 pages

English language

Published Aug. 7, 2007 by Harper Paperbacks.

ISBN:
9780060853976

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4 stars (68 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.

64 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 …

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 …

Review of 'Good Omens' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Good Omens is a wonderful book that is truly timeless and thanks to the way that the late Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's writing meshes together.

At first, Good Omens is a fantasy; of an Angel and Demon and the fate of the world that rests in their hands. A tale of a war that has to happen because that is the way, and a child is at the centre of the chaos who can turn all we know on its head. But whilst there is, without doubt, a fantastical element to the story of two beings who should be the worst of enemies but are without doubt each other's closet friend (in my humble opinion) the true magic of Pratchett and Gaimon's ability to write together (of which, I hope there had been so many more opportunities for the two) is that Good Omens makes you really think.

Beneath …

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

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.

Review of 'Good Omens' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I was convinced that I would rate this book with more than three stars. I love both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. But it didn't wow me the way I had expected. The premise itself is brilliant and I did enjoy reading the book but something was missing... I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it just was not my kind of humour? Or maybe I should have read this one when I was younger.
The writing was engaging and the characters, especially Crowley, were a delight.
I do understand why people love this book and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys fantasy and Gaiman/Pratchett.

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Subjects

  • English Science Fiction And Fantasy
  • Fiction
  • Fiction - Fantasy
  • Fantasy
  • Fantasy - General
  • Humorous
  • Fiction / General