The powers that be have decided that the Apocalypse will begin on a Saturday night. But Crawley and Aziraphale, the demon and the angel who were assigned to Earth, have no desire to see their creature comforts blown to bits. So they must destroy the most powerful person on Earth--if they can get through the Four Motorcyclists of the Apocalypse ...
The powers that be have decided that the Apocalypse will begin on a Saturday night. But Crawley and Aziraphale, the demon and the angel who were assigned to Earth, have no desire to see their creature comforts blown to bits. So they must destroy the most powerful person on Earth--if they can get through the Four Motorcyclists of the Apocalypse first. "Hilariously naughty".--Kirkus Reviews.
I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman's Sandman as well as Terry Pratchett's Discworld. I was thrilled to see the two of them come together for this one. I love this book. It's wry sense of humor really makes you look forward to the end of the world.
Well written, great characters, fun story, i highly recommend it.
Aug 7, 2009
When this book was recommended to me, I hesitated. Omens? Angels in league with demons? An antiChrist delivered by satanist nuns? and Queen? I was needlessly concerned. It was hysterical--irreverent and cynical without being sacrilegious. Who knew the apocolypse could be so much fun?
May 16, 2009
The Funniest Take on the Apocalypse
I am sure God has a sense of humor. Why else would Gaiman and Pratchett be on this Earth? This one is amazingly witty and funny. Pop Culture and the Bible collides within the pages and eplodes plenty of laughter. There's something we do not expect...or maybe we did, even hoped for...
Jan 22, 2009
This is a thoughtful short story, but not the best we've seen of Death - for that I recommend Sandman. The introduction and information on how Death came to be is however reason enough in itself to buy the story.
Oct 9, 2008
A Romp through Revelations
Not since A Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy has the end of the world been so much fun. Good Omens is a romp through Revelations served up with ample portions of satire, cheeky impudence and dry British wit.
The plot revolves around an angel and a demon who?ve essentially gone ?native? and identify with the humans they?ve been alternately aiding and tormenting for the past 4,000 years here on Earth. When Heaven and Hell begin to prepare for Armeageddon, the two plot together to subvert the ?ineffable? plan. Or as the late Hunter S. Thompson said, ?when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.?
So ignore the Tibetans tunneling in your yard, the octopi falling from the sky, put some Queen on the cassette deck and enjoy?.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-01-25 The end of the world is coming, and the portents are everywhere. All is dependent on the anti-Christ-if the agents of good and evil here on Earth can find him. Action-packed with flaming swords and freakish catastrophes, the 20-year-old novel is made even more suspenseful, irreverent, and clever with Martin Jarvis at the helm. Young or old, male or female, angel or demon, human or not, Jarvis's voices are legion, and his delivery and dramatics make for never a dull moment. (Nov.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-02-10 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.)
Publishers Weekly, 1990-07-20 When a scatterbrained Satanist nun goofs up a baby-switching scheme and delivers the infant Antichrist to the wrong couple, it's just the beginning of the comic errors in the divine plan for Armageddon which this fast-paced novel by two British writers zanily details. Aziraphale, an angel who doubles as a rare-book dealer, and Crowley, a demon friend who's assigned to the same territory, like life on Earth too much to allow the long-planned war between Heaven and Hell to happen. They set out to find the Antichrist and avert Armageddon, on the way encountering the last living descendant of Agnes Nutter, Anathema, who's been deciphering accurate prophecies of the world's doom but is unaware she's living in the same town as the Antichrist, now a thoroughly human and normal 11-year-old named Adam. As the appointed day and hour approach, Aziraphale and Crowley blunder through seas of fire and rains of fish, and come across a misguided witch hunter, a middle-aged fortune teller and the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse. It's up to Adam in the neatly tied end, as his humanity prevails over the Divine Plan and earthly bungling. Some humor is strictly British, but most will appeal even to Americans ``and other aliens.'' Literary Guild alternate. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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