Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

85%

30 Critic Reviews

It turns out that a humourous book about heaven, hell, and apocalypse is one of the most life-affirming books I have this year. I don't think even Agnes Nutter could have seen that coming.
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Synopsis

There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world's last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. . . . Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.

Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon -- each of whom has lived among Earth's mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle -- are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he's a really nice kid). There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him. . . .

First published in 1990, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's brilliantly dark and screamingly funny take on humankind's final judgment is back -- and just in time -- in a new hardcover edition (which includes an introduction by the authors, comments by each about the other, and answers to some still-burning questions about their wildly popular collaborative effort) that the devout and the damned alike will surely cherish until the end of all things.

 

About Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is the nationally bestselling author of The Graveyard Book, the only book ever to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie Medals. He lives near Minneapolis, MN. You can visit him online at www.mousecircus.com.Michael Reaves is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and novelist who has written, story-edited, or produced nearly four hundred teleplays for various series. He lives in California. You can visit him online at www.michaelreaves.com.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by William Morrow. 433 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Good Omens
All: 30 | Positive: 29 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Mar 29 2012

Hilariously naughty, and just what you'd expect from a collaboration between comics-veteran Gaiman and fantasist Pratchett (Strata, 1981; The Light Fantastic, 1983). A best-seller in England, and a book to watch here. It could catch on with the Douglas Adams crowd.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Bonnie on Dec 04 2006

It turns out that a humourous book about heaven, hell, and apocalypse is one of the most life-affirming books I have this year. I don't think even Agnes Nutter could have seen that coming.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Marci Savage on Mar 14 2012

It was a collaboration that was beautifully symbiotic and definitely worth reading. I am surprised this hasn’t been picked up and made into a movie yet. It would take the right director to give it the right spin and it would have to be cast perfectly.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jesslyn Blue on Feb 27 2011

Put your mind at ease, forget work, forget your petty arguments, forget how much is in your bank account, and focus on stopping the end of the world besides Aziraphale and Crowley. Get some tissues, because you’re going to be crying from laughter due to this dark British comedy.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Dave Martin on Sep 01 1991

I would recommend this to fans of fantasy and horror but most of all I would recommend this to anyone who loves bloody good writing as they will enjoy something truly unique in a much-maligned genre.

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Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by Patty O'Green on Jan 10 2011

I come back to this book again and again, laughing at new things every time. And each time I find something new that causes me to stand back and reevaluate my life.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by SALLY FELLER on May 15 2013

Good Omens was, for me, the kickstarter into reading more genre fiction. The setting for the book was our own world, one much less daunting in my school days than most of the worldbuilding, epic fantasy available at the time.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Jo Walton on Mar 23 2009

It’s an interestingly odd book, hilariously funny, very clever and not much like anything else...When I’m not reading Good Omens, I always remember the funny bits and the clever bits and the wonderful interactions between Crowley and Aziraphale.

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Open Book Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Staar84 on May 25 2010

Full of British humor reminiscent of Douglas Adams, this has become one of my favorite books. Even if the apocalypse isn’t normally your thing, this is a good read. I highly recommend this book.

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Patheos

Excellent
Reviewed by Julie Davis on Apr 16 2012

Gaiman and Pratchett are like a modern-day Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain and we are the better for it. Certainly we have been laughing more because of their book, while at the same time we’ve been made to think a bit about what we believe, how we live our faith, and why it matters.

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Nights and Weekends

Good
Reviewed by Kristin Dreyer Kramer on Apr 30 2014

If you’ve never read Good Omens, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. If you read it years ago, like I did, dust off your copy (or, if someone borrowed your copy long ago and never gave it back, buy yourself a new one) and read it again. Because Good Omens is one book that never gets old.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Ryan Lawler on Apr 30 2014

Good Omens is by far one of the funniest works of fiction I have ever read. Pratchett and Gaiman have managed to create a story that weaves together large doses of satire, cynicism, slapstick and wacky unconventional humour into a cohesive yet suprisingly accurate observation of human life all over the world.

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Quick Book Reviews

Good
on Nov 17 2013

All in all, if you are of the opinion that God can take a joke from time to time and are looking for a laugh-out-loud comedy and satire with religious themes, then this is the perfect book to satisfy your desire.

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The Book Smugglers

Excellent
Reviewed by Thea on Jul 01 2008

I loved this book. Everything about it. They say that laughter is the greatest gift of them all and while I am laughing, I am inclined to believe this. Wonderful, intelligent, side-splittingly funny book.

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The Literary Omnivore

Good
Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Apr 13 2011

Good Omens is a hilarious comedy of errors on a cosmic level; my one sentence summary is usually “a buddy comedy about the Apocalypse”. If you like Prachett’s sense of humor and Gaiman’s darkness, you’ll love this.

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Booking in Heels

Good
Reviewed by Hana W on Jan 17 2012

I've read works of both Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, but I'd be hard pressed to liken this to any of their other books. It's clear that the positive literary aspects of both authors are showcased in Good Omens. It's more formal than Terry Pratchett's usual works and funnier than Neil Gaiman's.

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Entomology of a Bookworm

Good
on Jan 09 2012

Though not the best book I read last year, Good Omens was a good first foray into both Neil Gaiman's work and Terry Pratchett's, and as a self-proclaimed fantasy reader, I was ashamed to have to admit I hadn't read either.

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InkSlinger Blog

Below average
Reviewed by THE INK SLINGER on Oct 11 2013

...most of it is really just a childish (and strangely self-important) attempt at making fun of Christianity. I’ve seen the book called “thought-provoking” by a number of reviewers, but I must confess the only thought it provoked in me was that Messrs. Pratchett and Gaiman really don’t know much about the faith they so gleefully deride.

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Good
Reviewed by Kathleen Bartholomew on Apr 30 2014

If you have never encountered this collaboration between two very original minds, I urge you to jump at the chance now. Personally, this was almost the first work by either of the authors I ever read -- it's hybrid vigor led me to the oeuvres of both Gaiman and Pratchett, thus enriching me twice over.

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Insatiable Book Sluts

Excellent
Reviewed by Susie on Dec 15 2011

I, for one, will always travel all the way to the end with these gents, even after I’ve read this book a hundred more times. It’s just that good.

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Nylon Admiral

Good
Reviewed by Kayleigh Murphy on Oct 25 2011

So, definitely a good book to get me back into reading after my brief break and definitely a good book if you enjoy Neil Gaiman and, I'm going to going out on a limb here and assume, Terry Pratchett. Also, if you liked the Kevin Smith film Dogma, I think you'll get a kick out of this decidedly English book.

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Melody & Words

Good
Reviewed by Geoff Shupard on Jan 21 2011

The book is incredibly clever. If you’re looking for an entertaining journey through a theological forest as thick as the Amazon, then Good Omens is the book for you.

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Notes of Life

Good
Reviewed by Nikki-ann on Mar 31 2012

I would definitely recommend giving Good Omens a go, whether you’re into fantasy books or not. It’s an excellent read which will have you racing through the book and laughing at the humour. This is definitely one to keep and read again!

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Monniblog

Good
Reviewed by Monica on Mar 25 2012

Overall, it was fun to imagine Pratchett writing Aziraphale or Crowley, and Gaiman writing the other (which was not what actually happened, but it’s fun to imagine). This was my first foray into both Gaiman and Pratchett, and it certainly won’t be my last.

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http://catholicmediareview.blogspot.com

Good
Reviewed by MARCH HARE on Jun 14 2008

This book is not for everyone. But if you enjoy Monty Python, Douglas Adams, or Doctor Who, chances are you'll enjoy Good Omens. It's a great vacation book.

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Death, Books and Tea

Excellent
Reviewed by Nina on Dec 20 2012

The main characters are all one of a kind. Crowley and Aziraphale aren’t your typical angels/demons, and most of this defys your stereotypical views of heaven and hell. I loved the Four and the way they’re presented-both darkly funny and a little creepy (especially when their disguises drop) at the same time.

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What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Laurie on Dec 23 2010

In the end, Good Omens is another solid read for anyone who likes to think, holds an open mind - esp. about religion - and enjoys a good laugh.

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Booksessed

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Feb 10 2012

Those who are devoutly religious should probably stay away from this title. But if you find religious satire amusing, this book is worth checking out.

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Zombie Parent's Guide

Good
Reviewed by JOSEPH RENINGER on May 02 2014

The book has the dry, British sense of humor found in Douglas Adams's works or Monty Python. It is quite delightful and had me laughing out loud in several spots.

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Plot Twister

Good
Reviewed by childofthehive on Aug 20 2011

The whole story is a light-hearted adventure full of bizarre situations and amusing occurrences. But, at the same time, it touches on some interesting issues of free will, religion and destiny.

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