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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.… (mais)
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    The Gates de John Connolly (midnightbex)
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    hairball: This is kind of an obvious one, but hey! someone has to point out the obvious...
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    Awfki: Not nearly as good but another humorous take on the apocalypse.
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    Barking Mad: A Reginald Spiffington Mystery de Jamieson Ridenhour (ChillnND)
    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.… (mais)
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One of those books I've been putting off reading, although I'm not sure why - written by my two favourite authors - I loved this!! ( )
  Timwindram | Feb 28, 2021 |
Good Omens was the first Neil Gaiman novel I read, way back in high school, yet somehow it's my least read of his novels. I guess I've been too busy since reading hte rest of his books (tracking down all the graphic novels was near impossible in the late '90s/early 2000s at my library) and keeping up with his new publications - not to mention all the other books on my TBR pile! But I figured that the mini-series adaptation that is set to come out shortly was a perfect excuse to delve back in and see how the world (almost) ends once again.

I'm not the hugest fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series because it's a little bit too ridiculous for me, but Gaiman's more dry wit balances well with Pratchett's more exhuberant humour to create a story that is equal parts adventure, ridiculosity, and mythology. Obviously Aziraphale and Crowley are my favourite pair of characters within, much for the same reason; they are total opposites in their angelic and demonic natures, but their time spent on Earth has changed (or corrupted) them into even more interesting characters. It would be an easy, but flawed, interpretation to place their characters in relation to the authors who wrote htem, because honestly who matches whom better?! The remainder of the characters fill in the story wonderfully, so I can't wait to see how they're interpreted on the screen for us. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
This has angels, demons, the antichrist, prophecies and so much more. It's funny and a total trip. I had a ball reading it. The end of the world is drawing close. Things are coming to pass. But not all the angels and demons are enemies. There's a mixup with the babies. Everything gets all mixed up. It's a fun ride. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
The angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley have been living among humans since the beginning of time, and they quite like it. And despite being theoretical enemies, they quite like each other too. So neither of them really wants the world to end, but yet it must – next Saturday in fact, starting in a little village named Tadfield. Aziraphale and Crowley need to try and stop it, and fast! All this was predicted centuries earlier by Agnes Nutter, a witch who wrote a book of her predictions, and which one of her many descendants lives her life by. That descendant, Anathema Device, decides that she needs to try and stop the oncoming apocalypse.

Meanwhile, due to a clerical mixup, the young anti-Christ has gone missing, which only makes stopping the apocalypse more difficult. Chuck in a Witchfinder General and the four horsemen of the Apocalypse – now riding motorcycles, and with Pollution replacing Pestilence who has becoming large obsolete, and the stage is set for a huge showdown.

Unfortunately this book was a big disappointment to me. Let me say that I am probably not the target audience – I don’t generally like fantasy novels, apart from Stephen King, who is a very different type of writer to either Gaiman or Pratchett. I’ve never ready anything else by either of these two authors, and was largely tempted to buy this book due to the TV adaptation starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen (which I haven’t watched, but was intending to). But I still had high hopes, due to the amount of love for this book, online and offline. Even the man who served me when I bought the book, told me it was his favourite book of all time.

It started off quite well, and there is no doubt that one or both of these authors has a great sense of comedy – I laughed out loud a few times near the beginning and everything seemed to bode well. However, I think it got a bit too convoluted with too many characters, and too much going on, plus it kept jumping around a lot. This is also not the kind of comedy I enjoy – it’s like Monty Python on paper (even Monty Python’s The Life of Brian left me cold), and largely just daft.

So overall, definitely not for me. But if you are thinking of reading it, don’t be put off. This is a widely loved book by two very acclaimed authors, so you might absolutely love it. ( )
  Ruth72 | Feb 14, 2021 |
Raises themes of good and evil, free will, role of religion from the very beginning – and yet, and yet, these are not treated as philosophical questions to be debated and answered. In the spirit of Monty Python, they seem to be themes to riff on. No offense intended but no apologies if you don’t see it that way.
Was the whole Armageddon thing a War of Good vs Evil or a fire drill to test the system? Or a reboot since it ends where it begins, with Adam eating forbidden fruit. Does it really matter or affect the outcome?
How much of a player was Agnes Nutter. Did she simply remember forward or did she have agency in the outcome ? Does it really matter?
Loved the pop culture references (sometimes resulting in lengthy and outrageously funny tangents). Some were prophetic like computer warranty language that indemnified the seller from liability (including have nothing in the box when opened), Crowly forwarded it to his contracts people suggesting they “take note.
Some were such quick toss offs, you could only catch the by paying close attention i.e., someone being higher than a van full of Owsley-ites. OK, you kinda also had to have “been there” to get that one….
Maybe the most interesting question for me was trying to figure out who did what in this book. I’m not sure I could identify specific passages written by one or the other, but the book seemed to have played to the specific strengths of each writer.
Gaiman’s books are usually big, sweeping arcs peopled by rich, fully fleshed (if often odd) characters that don’t so much drive the narrative so much as seem to be swept up by it. Pratchett looks closer in. He sets up an idiosyncratic plot line and then creates characters whose idiosyncrasies serve to drive the plot resulting some endearing characters getting into some hilarious situations and providing ample opportunity for Pratchett’s legendary snark.
The Prime Video mini-series and the book compliment each other. Clearly the video couldn’t replicate all the book’s baroque side bars, use some of the more dated references or get away with some of the more egregious religious, gender or racial references of the book, it still shares the book’s exuberance – and is well worth viewing. ( )
  lfiering | Feb 6, 2021 |
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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.
adicionado por Shortride | editarThe Washington Post, Howard Waldrop (pay site) (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.
adicionado por SnootyBaronet | editarNew 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."
adicionado por Shortride | editarPublishers Weekly (Jul 20, 1990)

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Pratchett, Terryautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Gaiman, Neilautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Aquan, Richard L.Designer da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Arak, HelenEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Astrachan, MichaelArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Briggs, StephenNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Carroll, JackNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Cornner, HaydnArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ferrer, MaríaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Frampton, DavidIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Fusari, LucaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Gałązka, JacekTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Horváth, NorbertTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ittekot, VenugopalanTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Jarvis, MartinNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Kantůrek, JanTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Kidby, PaulArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Lew, BettyDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lindforss, PeterTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Marcel, PatrickTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Morrill, RowenaArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ring, JonathanArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Sinkkonen, MarjaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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@;!*
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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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