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Good Omens de Terry Pratchett
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Good Omens (edição: 1991)

de Terry Pratchett (Autor), Neil Gaiman (Autor)

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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)
Membro:Books-Hockey-Snark
Título:Good Omens
Autores:Terry Pratchett (Autor)
Outros autores:Neil Gaiman (Autor)
Informação:Corgi (1991), Edition: New edition, 416 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
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The novel itself, of course, is wonderful. It features the "definitive" text of the novel, but in practice, there's not a whole lot in this text that's different from any other version of the book. Just some spelling tweaks and typo fixes. This isn't a case of the text being radically changed, like the author's preferred editions of American Gods or Neverwhere, but it's still nice to have a text that Gaiman and Pratchett's estate is happy with. However, what makes this particular edition worth looking into is Paul Kidby's illustrations. Included in this edition are 12 full-color illustrations and 5 black and white ones. The illustrations are very beautiful; extremely detailed and accurate to the novel - save for any featuring Crowley and Aziraphale, who have been tailored to look like David Tennant and Michael Sheen, respectively.

There isn't a whole lot to talk about in regards to the illustrations other than the fact that they're very nice ones and I wish there were more of them. It feels less like an illustrated book and more like a book with a handful of illustrations. When you compare this to something like the recent illustrated Harry Potter books, or even the recent Ocean at the End of the Lane illustrated edition, you'll see what I mean. Those books have had the illustrations very carefully placed alongside the text. The illustrations are vital to the experiences of those books and there are a lot of them. Whereas here, the illustrations are just sort of haphazardly placed, often ending up in the middle of a sentence that's continued on the next page. But that's not Kidby's fault, rather the fault of the publisher, and it's not enough for me to really ding the book.

Overall, it's a great edition of a really great book. It's a nice way to own Good Omens in hardcover and the illustrations really are beautiful. It also looks really nice on a shelf, so that's a definite bonus. If you already have the book in hardcover, there's probably not enough here to justify a double-dip, but if you're looking to finally own a hardback copy of Good Omens, I'd say this is the one to go for. ( )
  thoroughlyme | Apr 23, 2021 |
If you need something light and fun to read, give this book a try. I laughed to the point of tears. I plan to read more books by Pratchett.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 16, 2021 |
With two of my favourite authors colluding on this one it just couldn't fail to be a hoot, and i'm pleased to say it lived up to expectations. Nothing has yet knocked the discworld books off their well deserved top-spot, but this came pretty close to being on a par with a lot of them. Good characterization, nice plot, very humorous throughout with a good few really hilarious moments thrown in for good measure. An excellent read all round.
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  SFGale | Mar 23, 2021 |
A fun read once I finally got around to finishing it in anticipation for the tv series. ( )
  cedarwaxwing | Mar 19, 2021 |
This review was originally posted here at Anime Radius.

Once in a while, you come across a book that defies all expectations, hits all the right notes, is intelligent without seeming pompous, and is utterly hilarious without forcing any laughs. For fantasy fans who love to guffaw in the face of the world’s biblical demise, one of them has to be Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by co-writers Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, both wonderful scribes on their own. With their powers combined, however, Pratchett and Gaiman are a force to be reckoned with. It’s fun to try and pick out who wrote which parts, their efforts blending seamlessly into one complete work.

Good Omens is, for any geek who wants to be in the know, required reading of the highest order. It is a work that is very quotable, even if the people quoting it don’t realize where they come from. For example, the much coveted and many times altered to fit a multitude of fandoms: “Many people, meeting Aziraphale for the first time, formed three impressions: that he was English, that he was intelligent, and that he was gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide.” If you recognize the quote, but with Aziraphale’s name replaced with some other fictional character’s name, congrats: you’ve known a bit of Good Omens without even realizing. So many lines in this novel are deliciously quotable, it would be so easy to go through and just post a giant list of them – but that wouldn’t be much of a review, unfortunately.

There is quite a massive cast of characters in Good Omens, with a whole bevy of interesting people of all walks of life, but the two that are really the stars of the show are demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale, who are continuously proving that opposites attract. Their interactions are always a treat to read, and by themselves they get involved in some of the best scenes of the book, like Crowley’s burning ride into the apocalypse or Aziraphale’s mini-adventure in body hopping which eventually finds him on local television, must to his surprise. When you add in all the humor and snark that seems to come so naturally to the two men writing, not to mention all the action and suspense that comes from trying to prevent the world’s demise, it’s hard not to see how brilliant a book Good Omens is. If you enjoy fantasy books that don’t take themselves too seriously and have a blast doing so, or are just diehard fans of the authors involved, you’d be a fool not to pick this one up. This is certainly a classic in the making. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 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 (Web site pago) (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
Kidby, PaulIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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
Smith, DouglasArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home.
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It'd be a funny old world, he reflected, if demons went round trusting one another.
And there was never an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got into for eating it.
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.

They followed verse 24, which in the King James version reads:

"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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