Good Omens by Terry PratchettGood Omens by Terry Pratchett

Good Omens

byTerry Pratchett

Mass Market Paperback | August 1, 1991

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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...

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as be...
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Title:Good OmensFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7 × 4.4 × 1 inPublished:August 1, 1991Publisher:TransworldLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0552137030

ISBN - 13:9780552137034

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful and hilarious The footnotes were almost my favourite parts. I loved the silliness and dry witticisms injected into the story, and you could really feel the authors playing off of each other. This is a really fun and unique take on the apocalypse.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark & hilarious! I read this years ago when I didn't know much about British culture and didn't quite get it. Now that I'm much more informed, I re-read it and appreciate it 100%! I had literal laugh-out-loud moments. I appreciated the way the dark subject matter (the apocalypse and death) was well balanced with levity, and never in a trite way. Truly a great piece of writing!
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fun read I wasn't as thrilled as I tought I would be by this collaboration, but it's still a fun read
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites So witty. An excellent read.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing After reading this I've recommended it to almost everyone I know. It started me reading a lot of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's other books. A must read!
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Trip! It was fun from start to finish. A twist on the way you look at regular apocalyptic novels.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview This brilliant, laugh-out-loud book centers around an angel and demon who have a fairly good working relationship until Armageddon knocks. If you enjoyed "The Master and Margarita", this novel is most definitely for you.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really funny! Picked this one up after seeing it on "best fantasy lists" all the time. Super funny!!!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! This book was hilarious! And, it introduced me to Terry Pratchett and Neil Geiman! I've been a big fan of these two geniuses ever since.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh Funny, but a bit underwhelming, and about 25% too long.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from God I liked this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect apocalyptic comedy My grade 10 English teacher recommended this book to me 11 years ago, and I've read it once a year ever since. I love this book. It's one of those novels that you pass on to your friends.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious #plumreview An unbelievably funny novel. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more hilarious anti-Christ.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun This is a fun and hilarious novel. A great introduction to Terry Pratchett's work.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this Very funny, action packed, and even a little romantic
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy, hilarious, ironic and fabulous! This book is sort of what you would expect if you took the movie The Omen and combined it with The Marx Brothers or Abbott and Costello. In other words it is a genius story combining Armageddon with so much subtle irony and hilarious comedy of errors that your stomach hurts when you finish reading it! If you have read any other books by either Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman, then you don't need me to convince you that this book is genius, but in case you have managed to get to adult-reading-hood without reading any books from either author . . . What the hell??? Where have you been?! Anyway, the book is ostensibly about the birth of the Anti-Christ, who is handed off to a member of a demonic group of nuns, in a hospital on a day when two OTHER baby boys [naturally it's a boy! A girl would know better!] who look almost identical are born in the same rural hospital, so you kind of know right from the get-go that Armageddon just isn't going to run tickety-boo as per the demonic plan! And so it turns out to be. Things go wrong, people get confused, demons become attached to their vintage Bentleys, and Angels find they actually enjoy the company of certain demonic adversaries [who drive vintage Bentleys]. My favourite part is a conversation between the forces of "good" and "evil" that goes like this: "It's not given to us to understand the ineffable plan," said the Metraton [Voice of God]. "But of course the Great Plan - " "But the Great Plan can only be a tiny part of the overall ineffability," said Crowley [Demon from Hell who'd prefer the world not end]. "You can't be certain that what's happening right now isn't exactly right from an ineffable point of view." "It izzz written!" bellowed Beelzebub [other Demon from Hell]. "But it might be written differently somewhere else," said Crowley. "Where you can't read it." "In bigger letters," said Aziraphale [Angel of God]. "Underlined" Crowley added. "Twice" suggested Aziraphale. "Perhaps this isn't just a test of the world," said Crowley. "It might be a test of you people too, Hmmmm?" "God does not play games with His loyal servants," said the Metraton, but in a worried tone of voice. "Whooo-eee!" said Crowley. "Where have you BEEN?!" Like I said - genius!! There really is no way to do proper justice to this book in a review. It contains all the typically off-centre humour, ironic wit, and intelligent jabs at the stupidity of humanity that only the British can do properly. All I can tell you is this is one of the best books I've ever read, and anyone who enjoys satiric, smart fiction with the British sense of humour should give this book a try.
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you like Douglas Adams you'll love this I can't believe I hadn't read this before now. It is such a great book. If Douglas Adams had written this I would say that it was his best book - and that is saying something, as I dearly love Dirk Gently and Arthur Dent. Gaimen and Pratchett are fantastic story tellers and this novel does not disappoint. If you are not a fan of ridiculous British humour it might not be your thing, but otherwise you will find yourself reading every other paragraph aloud to whoever will listen.
Date published: 2009-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilariously fun to read I had never read much of Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman before this, and I was recommended by several coworkers to read this, so I thought I'd give it a go. Simply put, it was excellent; the perfect mix of humor, dark wit and character development. The only warning I can give is that if you don't like British humour, I'd be a little wary if I were you. Other than that, I'd recommend it to any fantasy fan.
Date published: 2008-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Decent Read from two fantasy icons I think I should preface this review by saying that I have read more Pratchett than Gaiman prior to reading Good Omens, so while I understand that collaborative efforts between two authors will generate something 'new', I still had some subconscious expectations that this book did not meet. It was quite funny in some parts but very dry in others (making it somewhat painful to read). Being more of a fan of Pratchett, it was easy to recognize his contribution in the book, any fan of the Discworld series will get a larf out of his parts. The interplay between Aziraphale and Crowley was fantastic (quite similar to that of Satan/Raphael in "I, Lucifer"). While it is not necessary to understand the book, I do suggest you watch "The Omen" (either version) before reading to fully appreciate the references made throughout Good Omens. (For a better Pratchett story on the apocalypse, I do recommend his "Thief of Time") Over all, not the funniest thing I have read, but a decent book nevertheless.
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ******* Amazing This was one of the most humorous and darkly entertaining books that I have read in a long time.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A very WEIRD book! I don't think I've talked to anyone about this book that didn't love it, but it was too scattered for me to fully enjoy. Since this book follows a lot of characters, there were some characters that I found rather boring. I really enjoyed Aziraphale and Crowley though! The idea of good and evil vs. humanity was quite an interesting one! Imagine how that would play out! Overall, given all the buzz around this book, I was disappointed.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Screamingly Funny! Totally irreverant and laugh-out-loud hilarious, I heartily recommend this book - the very best of British humour. Meet the angel and serpent from the Garden of Eden, the 11 year old Anti-Christ with sraped knees and ragged trainers, the Eight Bikers of the Apocalypse to name just a few. Pratchett and Gaiman have come up with a clear winner of a book!
Date published: 2006-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! you should really read this book... it is beyond amazing and really exciting I seriously didn't want to put it down! A little hard to follow the english humor i admit but still amazing all the same and a great read!
Date published: 2005-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THE BOOK!! all i can say is it is great!Holy cow is it good!
Date published: 2003-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Omens WOW! Thats all I can say about this book. What an amazing story about the end of the world. A mix of humor and everything else you can think of. I recommend this book anyone and everyone. If you dont like it, somethings wrong with you!
Date published: 2001-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Omens Looking at the reviews so far, this is a book people either love or hate. Me, I think I've read this story 5 times by now, and have lent it to so many friends that it's falling apart. I have never had a bad review from one of them. The book is a combined effort between writers Terry Pratchett (known for his disc world novels) and Neil Gaiman (the Sandman comic series), and manages to bring out the best qualities in both writers. Gaiman has beautiful imagery, prose, and characters. Pratchett is incredible at comedy, setting, dialogue of the absurd, and characterization. The style remains constant and well done throughout the book, and it is a quick read (excluding the time where you can't read because you're laughing so hard). The Horsemen of the Apocalypse were especially great. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2000-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well, it filled the time... I wanted to like this book. It had everything going for it: Neil Gaiman, a Hitchhiker's guide style of humor, and a plot tha made light of religon. But it just didn't quite work... Pick it up if you're a completist, but otherwise read the Hitchhiker's Guide if you haven't already...
Date published: 2000-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dulcie I thought this book was one of the funniest I have ever read. It was irreverent and made me lough out loud. I recommend to everyone (especially my Catholic friends with senese of humour).
Date published: 2000-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this Book This book is the second funniest book I've ever read (the funniest being THE ORGAN GRINDERS by Bill Fitzhugh) Read it. Read it. Read it. You won't regret it.
Date published: 1999-10-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good Omens I was thourougly disapointed by this book. Although I enjoy the works of Terry Pratchett, this book just didn't live up to his standards.
Date published: 1999-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Fun than a Barrel of Monkeys! Gaiman and Pratchett cook up some devillishly good fun in this collaboration. With the clever and hysterical turns of phrase we've all come to expect from the Brits, these two embark upon a supernatural tale of Biblical proportions that often had me laughing out loud. While I have enjoyed the works of both authors seperately, i don't think either has ever been as good (or as much fun) as they are here.
Date published: 1999-05-31

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Editorial Reviews

"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"GOOD OMENS is frequently hilarious, littered with funny footnotes and eccentric characters.  It's also humane, intelligent, suspenseful, and fully equipped with a chorus of 'Tibetans, Aliens, American, Atlanteans and other rare and strange creatures of the Last Days.'  If the end is near, Pratchett and Gaiman will take us there in style"-Locus"Wickedly funny"-Time Out"Hilarious Pratchett magic tempered by Neil Gaiman's dark steely style; who could ask for a better combination?"-Fear"Not quite as sinster as the authors' photo"-The Times

Employee Review

Easily the funniest book about the apocalypse I've ever read. With a cast of characters that range from a bibliophile angel, a demon more interested in jamming cell phones than damning souls and a hell hound who looks more like Benji than Cerebrus, this is an absolute joy to read.