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Neil Gaiman

Good Omens

Neil Gaiman Good Omens The Nice And Accurate Prophecies Of Agnes Nutter
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There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world's last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. . . . Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.

Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon -- each of whom has lived among Earth's mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle -- are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he's a really nice kid). There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him. . . .

First published in 1990, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's brilliantly dark and screamingly funny take on humankind's final judgment is back -- and just in time -- in a new hardcover edition (which includes an introduction by the authors, comments by each about the other, and answers to some still-burning questions about their wildly popular collaborative effort) that the devout and the damned alike will surely cherish until the end of all things.

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“[L]ittle asides, quirky observations, simple puns and parody eventually add up to snorts, chortles and outright laughs.”

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“A direct descendant of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

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“A slapstick Apocalypse, a grinning grimoire, a comic Necronomicon, a hitchhiker’s guide to the netherworld.”

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“An utter delight—fresh, exciting, uproariously funny.”

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“Fiendishly funny.”

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“From beginning to end, GOOD OMENS is side-splittingly funny . . . a ripping good time.”

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“Full-bore contemporary lunacy. A steamroller of silliness that made me giggle out loud.”

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“Hilarious!”

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“Hilariously naughty.”

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“Huge fun.”

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“I whooped . . . I laughed . . . I was in near hysterics.:

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“If you’ve never read [GOOD OMENS], don’t miss it now. Grade: A.”

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“Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise . . . Highly recommended.”

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“It could be called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Armargeddon.”

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“One Hell of a funny book.”

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“Outrageous . . . read it for a riotous good laugh!”

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“Reads like the Book of Revelation, rewritten by Monty Python.”

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“Something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated.”

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“The Apocalypse has never been funnier.”

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“Wacky and irreverent.”

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“What’s so funny about Armageddon? More than you’d think . . . GOOD OMENS has arrived just in time.”

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