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A funny and memorable tour with an unlikely set of quirky characters. Pratchett and Gaiman's collaboration is every bit the joy ride you'd predict from the minds of these authors.
According to Agnes Nutter, the only reliable guide to the future, the world will be ending next Saturday, just after tea. This doesn’t sit well with a certain demon and fussy angel, who both quite like living on earth. It also just so happens that the Antichrist is missing. The humour that ripples throughout this work is unparalleled. Dry, satirical, and wickedly funny, Pratchett and Gaiman create some of the weirdest characters and circumstances ever imagined in fiction. The plot meanders quite a bit, especially when reading in eBook format, but the circumstances that happen along the way are compelling enough to keep the reader occupied throughout the novel. It’s these details that make Good Omens an enjoyable read, as opposed to the overall, somewhat predictable, plot. Recommended for fans of the authors other works and the Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fford. 4/5 stars
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I saw the series which was based on this book. Both are really wonderful. The book and the series are very much the same - the book has some things the the series did not and the series had some things that the book did not, so I recommend them both!
i read this book as part of 300 books everyone should read once list challenge featured on Listopia. I had started watching the netflix series and didn't think much of it. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the tv series was a book and i had the book. I enjoyed it so much more than i thought i would. it's not my typical style of reading, but it is a good book. I think i want to finish the netflix series now. also used this for a prompt in the Around the world in 52 books challenge- read a book about witches
Truly loved it. Funny, sharp, and very wholesome too. Each character can be a beloved character abd its amazing how human they're all written to be.
Read the book even if you have seen the TV series -- video doesn't have the footnotes.
This brilliant pairing of two amazing authors brings the best of both to this apocalyptic tale. You will laugh out loud one minute then roll your eyes at the absurd situations the ingenious characters find themselves in. If you love intelligent British humour, this is the book for you. A fantastic read that is even better as an audiobook.
I am probably the only person in the world who didn't care for this book. On their own, I like both authors, but this story just seemed be missing something. Can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe the television adaptation will help??
People keep telling me how great Terry Pratchett is. People keep telling me how great Neil Gaiman is. And okay, they might be right, because this book is delightful. The end of the world is at hand and the armies of Good and Evil are called to fight the final war. Except neither side really wants to go. Sure, the higher ups on both sides are all for it, but the boots on the ground have been on earth for a while and kind of like it here, and find they have more in common with each other than they do with their bosses. Meanwhile, someone has misplaced the Anti-Christ and things can’t really get started without him. So demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale have both been ordered to straighten the mess out and get on with the mayhem, but instead they team up to follow the letter of their orders while trying to wriggle out of the intent of their orders. The book is a very gentle kind of comedy with charming characters that will leave you in a good mood.
While I had somewhat prepared myself for the possibility, I was disappointed that this book didn't live up to the hype over the TV series. Maybe the TV series of this is better, I really don't know. I just know that I didn't enjoy this as much as I hoped I would. This book is almost 30 years old and it shows. There's some lines that are very, very dated. There are so many characters and it generally felt too slow and drawn out.
RIGHT. SO. THIS IS AMAZING, READ IT NOW, TRUST ME YOU'LL ENJOY IT PRETTY MUCH NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, unless of course, you are a Christian who is bothered by people poking fun at religion + heaven, hell, and those types of things). This book is so much fun to read. It is bloody hysterical (I could not stop laughing) and so?? well?? written?? You've got great, in-depth, polar opposite main characters who contribute ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to the plot aside from minorly screwing everything up once in a while, fabulous, romantic sup plot (that isn't really there?? but kinda is?? (definitely is..)), and everything from God is a woman to various things on fire. There's irony, divine battles, and the most fantastically weird details that you can't help but admire the person that came up with them. After reading this book I have become minorly obsessed with Neil Gaiman and have read 5 other books by him (that are equally as funny). 100/10 recommend, your life will change. (Ps the TV show is great too - Neil Gaiman himself directed it and sticks very closely to the book, just with lots more overacting).
My first book by Neil Gaiman and by Terry Pratchett and I loved it. The story is simple and hilarious and the characters are sweet enough to draw you in to their lives. This is one book that I'll go back and read over and over and I don't think I'll ever get enough.
I really enjoyed the TV show that just came out so I decided to read the book. It was fantastic. It took me a total of 2 days to finish it, because I just couldn't put it down. A cliche, for sure, but true. I really connected with the writing, which I feared might have been that kind of condescending humor many older "satiric" british writers have, but it wasn't. It was witty, comforting, and for a book about witches, angels, demons, and the antichrist, it was endearingly human. Really recommend this book and the accompanying TV series which really did it justice.
A serious comedy about the Apocalypse? Brilliant.
Years ago I discovered and fell in love with Terry Pratchett’s books, especially Discworld. When I heard he and another writer had written a novel about the Apocalypse, I bought a copy. I had heard of Neil Gaiman, but hadn’t read any of his books. I became of fan.
This is one of the best jointly written novels out there. It is rich in humor, both slapstick and the intriguing, thoughtful kind—sometimes together. It was published almost 30 years ago, and most people at the time thought the serious parts came from Gaiman and the rich humor from Pratchett. Both authors have since indicated it was truly a joint work, and some of the funniest parts were by Gaiman, and some of the more serious by Pratchett.
The original idea was Gaiman’s, who approached Pratchett.
Pratchett was an atheist. Gaiman is hard to pin down theologically. The family in which he grew up was Jewish and practiced Scientology. He has said he’s pretty sure God exists in the DC Universe. Both men, though, recognized religion as an important part of human society, and neither simply dismissed it.
Out of this recognition comes Good Omens, a novel in which the Anti-Christ has grown up in a regular household because of a three way mix up in the hospital in which he was born, and an angel and a demon who both have, through the millennia, come to love living on earth, become friends of a sort, and join forces to stop the Apocalypse.
I highly recommend this book if you like either author, enjoy both laughing and thinking, and are intrigued with religion.
John A. Horner
This book is a comedic gem, written by two of Britain's best practitioners of modern literature. From the erratic, Pythonesque narration to the excellent dialogue from a large assortment of characters, Good Omens is certainly a book worth reading. The only drawback for me is that the book is so popular and universally liked that it occasionally comes across as over-hyped. I think many people (myself included) come to it expecting a literary masterpiece when what it really amounts to is an amusing writing experiment between two excellent writers at the top of their game.
Raise a glass of champagne to Pratchett, Gaiman, Aziraphale, Crowley, the Them, and the rest of this nutty crowd. Another book I read at least once a year.
A fun romp through absurdity with many a pun and inappropriate joke. Not for the easily offended or particularly religious.
Super fun for about 100 pages then you are tired of it and just want it to end.
A dark comedy about the apocalypse? Armageddon? (whichever one has heaven, hell etc.)
that I found to be a light, fun read. Great banter between the two main characters as well. I feel like this will almost translate better to TV (which I'd rarely say about the book version), only because of all the crazy/hilarious action scenes and the insane cast.
I'd recommend if you're into dark comedy and sci fi for sure, or a fan of Pratchett or Gaiman.
I love Neil Gaiman, but I didn't love this. I really tried to, it just felt slow and jumpy to me. I couldn't get into the characters but I did find a few parts funny.
Listen, you know that I like witch books and this one is no exception--highly recommended.
Who could have guessed the magic that is Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman? I'm so excited for the mini-series on Amazon Prime in May!
Plot. Hilarious dry-humour take on Armegeddon and humanity's ability to be good, bad, and ugly, often at the same time.