Good Omens

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1st edition hard cover.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is novel written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and published on 1990-05-01. The story takes a humorous approach of viewing the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelations by making extraneous use of footnotes. It seems the world is going to end on a Saturday. Next Saturday actually. Just after tea. Crowley and Aziraphale (a demon and an angel) who have grown quite accustom to life on Earth, don't very much want the world to end, and have taken it upon themselves to prevent the Apocalypse.

Some of the main characters include:

  • Crowley - the demon who always wears dark shades and drives a vintage Bentley.
  • Aziraphale - an angel who owns a books store in Soho, but hates to sell his books.
  • Adam Young - the anti-Christ at age 11 who loves nature and his dog.
  • Anathima Device - current owner of "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter."
  • Newton Pulsifer - a guy in way over his head.
  • The Four Motorcyclists of the Apocalypse - Famine, War, Death, and Pollution (Pestilence retired).

Status

I have a first edition US hardcover and have read it.

Review

Good

  • This is seriously one of the funniest books I've ever read. Nearly every page has a laugh-out-loud moment.
  • The combination between the dark humor of Gaiman and the silliness of Pratchett is a beautiful combination. It seems like Gaiman prevents Pratchett from becoming too ridiculous, and Pratchett prevents Gaiman from becoming too messed up.
  • I love the constant pokes and jabs at religion without actually becoming blasphemous, well, not blasphemous to me anyway, and I first read this book back when I still considered myself a Christian.

Bad

  • While it will still be very funny, a lot of the jokes probably won't make sense if you don't have a religious background.
  • The first edition hard cover publication used a nasty typeface that made it hard to read, however, subsequent releases features a much easier on the eyes typeface.
  • The 2006 re-issue uses a cute gimmick of creating two dust jacket covers (one in black with Aziraphale and one in white with Crowly). This annoys many collectors who now have to buy two copies of the book if they want a complete set.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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