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  • Jun 28, 2010

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 shows and fiction books, I've never seen one done as well as this book yet. Crowley, a demon, and Aziraphale, an angel, have both been living on earth and influencing humans to do evil/good for thousands of years now. So when orders come down that the Apocalypse is about to start, Crowley and Aziraphale, who by this time, have gotten to quite like earth, decide to try and avert the Apocalypse. A humorous version of various events and characters involved in the Apocalypse follow. It's a book that tells an epic story but also manages to be so very human in all its separate components.

Terry Pratchett's voice is brilliant as usual (and he did do most of the actual penning of the novel), and while the big cast of characters was a little confusing to begin with - who was who, who was doing what, and how did they all connect - it pulled together brilliantly and each one of them is memorable by the end. Every time I read this book, I enjoy it all over again.

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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...
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ISBN-13: 978-0060853983
Author: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Torch
Date Published: December 01, 2006
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