Most would think that Terry Pratchett's Douglas Adams sense of humor and Neil Gaiman's dark fantastical musings would mix like oil and water. On the contrary, their collaborative work Good Omens is honestly the most hilarious and yet profound book I've ever read, and moves through a tangled and elaborate plot with an incredible cast of characters like a hot knife through butter.
Essentially the plot is this: the world is coming to an end. This Saturday, at teatime. Agnes Nutter prophesied thusly in her book The Nife and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. However, a fussy angel, Aziraphale, and a fast-living demon, Crowley, who've been agents on Earth since Eden, have grown fond of the place and won't let it go without a fight. The Antichrist's been switched at birth and is therefore missing the Satanic upbringing he deserved, while he and his gang of friends stir up shenanigans in Lower Tadfield. A group of ragtag witchhunters prepare for their darkest hour, while Agnes Nutter's great-granddaughter makes sense of the book she's left behind. Meanwhile, the Four Horsemen gather and all the armies of Heaven and Hell are amassing...
I love every piece of paper Pratchett's ever put a pen to, but this novel blows all of those away. No matter how many times I read it, there's always something fresh and more hilarious to it I didn't know the first time. For any fantasy lovers, for any fantasy haters, for anyone who loves a good laugh, I encourage you to pick up this book and read.
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, a match made in heaven (or somewhere nearby). Both fans of Gaiman and Pratchett alike will be delighted by this collaborative effort. The story follows two characters, an angel and a demon, who live in a reality of balance and counterbalance, light and dark. In a world where mortals die every day, supernatural beings must find friends somewhere, even if that means hanging out with one's polar opposite. The world is coming to an end and both sides, … more
This book by Terry Prachett (know for the Discworld series) and Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Stardust among others) is a perfect marriage. Both are very capable of using subtleties to the extreme and here they add to it Church and Doomsday Dogma to produce an entirely satisfing and laught out loud funny text. At the centre of the story are two angels, one a good archangel Aziraphale and the other Crowley of a more fallen kind. Having battled each other for just over 6000 years … more
The Apocalypse as told by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I went into this book unsure of what to expect by a collaboration of Terry Pratchett's satirical humor and Neil Gaiman's dark fantasies, but this is one of the most brilliant books I've ever read. The story is basically that of the Biblical Apocalypse complete with angels, demons, the Antichrist, and four horsemen. Although it seems like a popular concept to fantasize in recent years with television … more
If you thought you knew what the apocalypse will entail, you were wrong! In this book by fantasy genius Neil Gaiman and comedic fantasist Terry Pratchett, the end of days includes (in no specific order): the four motorcyclists of the apocalypse, a prescient book, and a chattering order of satanic nuns. God’s ineffable plan for the end of days is being put into place, which wouldn’t … more
The world is going to end next Saturday, just before dinner, but it turns out there are a few problems--the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race, in a new edition of the classic novel, featuring a new afterword from the authors. Read by Martin Jarvis.
Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humor; the result is a humanist delight to be savored and reread again and again. You see, there was a bit of a mixup when the Antichrist was born, due in part to the machinations of Crowley, who did not so much fall as saunter downwards, and in part to the mysterious ways as manifested in the form of a part-time rare book dealer, an angel named Aziraphale. Like top agents everywhere, they've long had more in common with each other than the sides they represent, or the conflict they are nominally engaged in. The only person who knows how it will all end is Agnes Nutter, a witch whose prophecies all come true, if one can only manage to decipher them. The minor characters along the way (Famine makes an appearance as diet crazes, no-calorie food and anorexia epidemics) are as much fun as the story as a whole, which adds up to one of those rare books...