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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

de Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

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The world is preparing to come to an end according to the Divine Plan recorded in the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded 1655). Meanwhile, a fussy angel and a fast-living demon have grown fond of living among the earth's mortals for many millennia and are not looking forward to the apocalypse. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they must find and kill the Antichrist.… (més)
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    The Gates de John Connolly (midnightbex)
    midnightbex: Dealing with a similar end of the world theme, The Gates tells an entirely different but equally hilarious story about the apocalypse. As an added bonus, there is also the occasional amusing and often diverting foot note to look forward to.
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    Anansi Boys de Neil Gaiman (elbakerone)
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    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal de Christopher Moore (yokai, jscape2000)
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    Small Gods de Terry Pratchett (electronicmemory)
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    A Sudden Wild Magic de Diana Wynne Jones (allisongryski)
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    American Gods de Neil Gaiman (electronicmemory)
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    A Night in the Lonesome October de Roger Zelazny (WildMaggie)
    WildMaggie: Gaiman has acknowledged his debt to Zelanzy. It echoes in Good Omens.
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    Mercury Falls de Robert Kroese (Awfki)
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    ChillnND: I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman style comedy fantasy and I found Barking Mad to be not dissimilar in its level of wit and humor combined with the supernatural/fantasy genre. Barking aims a bit more at good-natured parody of Agatha Christie and similarly styled mysteries. I looked forward to every minute of reading it and hope the author gives us some more Spiffington mysteries.… (més)
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Good Omens is one of my all time favourite books. I’ve read it and reread it so many times. But it has been quite a while since I picked it up. But considering there is to be a televisual adaptation sometime in the near future I decided that it was best to read it again.

And I’m delighted to report that I still adore it.

The basic plot concerns the end of the world, as per the bible. The antichrist has been born and the forces of heaven and hell are about to battle it out, destroying the earth and all its inhabitants at the same time. Only problem is that no one quite seems to know where the antichrist has gotten to.

And it is brilliant.

I can’t help but picture Adam as a Just William sort of character, updated a little as he is living in the 90s1 but he feels as though he comes from an earlier Britain. A fact that is even commented on by some of the characters in the book.

And the four horsepersons of the apocalypse as great, as are the Hells Angels bikers and their wonderful nicknames.

I do wonder quite how the technology of the 90s will translate into the adaptation if they set it in modern times. Although maybe they’ll leave the setting alone, who knows.

It is laugh out loud entertainment, and if you’ve enjoyed any of Pratchett or Gaiman’s work and haven’t given this a go you really need to. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
What happend when Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman cooperate? You get a novel at the very limit of ironical humour. The story is as follows: A dark and stormy night, or actually, not a very dark, nor stormy, nor night, three very similar children are born in a small hospital. One of them is Antichrist and the satanic nuns caring about the hospital exchange him to raise as his own.

Not everything goes as planned though and we get a story where the heavenly agent and the demonic agent together try to figure out how to keep their nice agent jobs at Earth.

Borderline five stars. Recommended to anyone that can handle thick doses or irony and don't mind kicks at religion and any other topic that is sacred. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
I liked this one quite a bit, but gave it only 3 stars due to the sheer length of this book. It really didn't need to be as long as it was. And as funny as it was as a whole, the end was so draggy that I kept making myself read to see how it all came together. The apocalypse shouldn't drag out as much as it did. heh. I'm also not entire impressed with how all of the loose ends came together - I didn't care about some of the story lines and some of the others were a bit too convenient. But overall, great concept and it made me giggle out loud. Gaimen and Pratchett fans will like this one. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
Really enjoyed this story, although I questioned myself for starting a book about the apocalypse, during an apocalyptic time, in the end I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story played out, and the delightfully rich characters. I will have to watch the TV thing they made, now. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
I was expecting better. I was disappointed. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 670 (següent | mostra-les totes)
The book tackles things most science fiction and fantasy writers never think about, much less write. It does it in a straightforward manner. It's about Predestination and Free Will, about chaos and order, about human beings, their technology and their belief systems. When the book is talking about the big questions, it's a wow. It leaves room in both the plot and the reader's reactions for the characters to move around in and do unexpected but very human things.
afegit per Shortride | editaThe Washington Post, Howard Waldrop (Web de pagament) (Dec 20, 1990)
 
''Good Omens'' is a direct descendant of ''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,'' a vastly overpraised book or radio program or industry or something that became quite popular in Britain a decade ago when it became apparent that Margaret Thatcher would be in office for some time and that laughs were going to be hard to come by...

Obviously, it would be difficult to write a 354-page satirical novel without getting off a few good lines. I counted four... But to get to this material, the reader must wade through reams and reams of undergraduate dreck: recycled science-fiction cliches about using the gift of prophesy to make a killing in the stock market; shopworn jokes about American television programs (would you believe the book includes a joke about ''Have Gun, Will Travel''?); and an infuriating running gag about Queen, a vaudevillian rock group whose hits are buried far in the past and should have been buried sooner.
afegit per SnootyBaronet | editaNew York Times, Joe Queenan (Nov 7, 1990)
 
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... Some humor is strictly British, but most will appeal even to Americans "and other aliens."
afegit per Shortride | editaPublishers Weekly (Jul 20, 1990)
 

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Pratchett, Terryautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Gaiman, Neilautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Aquan, Richard L.Dissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Arak, HelenEditorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Astrachan, MichaelAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Briggs, StephenNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Carroll, JackNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Cornner, HaydnAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ferrer, MaríaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Frampton, DavidIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Fusari, LucaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gałązka, JacekTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Horváth, NorbertTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ittekot, VenugopalanTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jarvis, MartinNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kantůrek, JanTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kidby, PaulAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kidby, PaulIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lew, BettyDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lindforss, PeterTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Marcel, PatrickTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Morrill, RowenaAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ring, JonathanAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sinkkonen, MarjaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Smith, DouglasAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ward, GrahamAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home.
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In one sense there was just clear air overhead. In another, stretching off to infinity, were the hosts of Heaven and Hell, wingtip to wingtip. If you looked really closely, and had been specially trained, you could tell the difference.
The book was commonly known as the Buggre Alle This Bible. The lengthy compositor's error, if such it may be called, occurs in the book of Ezekiel, chapter 48, verse five....

5. Buggre Alle this for a Larke. I amme sick to mye Hart of typefettinge. Master Biltonn if no Gentelmann, and Master Scagges noe more than a tighte fisted Southwarke Knobbefticke. I tell you, onne a daye laike thif Ennywone withe half an oz. of Sense shoulde bee oute in the Sunneshain, ane nott Stucke here alle the liuelong daie inn thif mowldey olde By-Our-Lady Workefhoppe. @ *"AE@;!*
The Buggre Alle This Bible was also noteworthy for having twenty-seven verses in the third chapter of Genesis, instead of the more usual twenty-four.

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"So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life," and read:

25 And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, saying Where is the flaming sword which was given unto thee?

26 And the Angel said, I had it here only a moment ago, I must have put it down some where, forget me own head next.

27 And the Lord did not ask him again.

It appears that these verses were inserted during the proof stage. In those days it was common practice for printers to hang proof sheets to the wooden beams outside their shops, for the edification of the populace and some free proofreading, and since the whole print run was subsequently burned anyway, no one bothered to take up this matter with the nice Mr. A. Ziraphale, who ran the bookshop two doors along and was always so helpful with the translations, and whose handwriting was instantly recognizable.
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The world is preparing to come to an end according to the Divine Plan recorded in the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded 1655). Meanwhile, a fussy angel and a fast-living demon have grown fond of living among the earth's mortals for many millennia and are not looking forward to the apocalypse. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they must find and kill the Antichrist.

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