When reading a story co-written by multiple authors, one may enjoy a final product that neither of the writers could achieve on their own. With Good Omens, the master storyteller Neil Gaiman and the beloved creator of the Discworld series Terry Pratchett have not only created just that, but also something inherently magical. I especially love the large cast of over-the-top characters, such as the bookish angel Aziraphale and the earth-loving demon Crowley. A heaping portion of whimsy, a pinch of action, and a general covering of heartwarming innocence makes this book a must read. Never before have I read a story that made “doomsday” sound like such a good time. And now that there will soon be a Good Omens miniseries produced by the BBC, I’m hoping it will bring renewed attention to such a fun and heartwarming tale.— Nicholas
Pratchett and Gaiman. Heaven and hell. Angels and demons. Witches and Witchfinders. Footnotes*
I waited way too long to read this. Don't be like me. Read it now!
*and more footnotes.— From Kelly
The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, now an original series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.
"Good Omens . . . is something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated. Lots of literary inventiveness in the plotting and chunks of very good writing and characterization. It’s a wow. It would make one hell of a movie. Or a heavenly one. Take your pick."—Washington Post
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.