- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group (7 March 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473214718
- ISBN-13: 978-1473214712
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 3.8 x 13.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Good Omens (Latest Edition) Hardcover – 7 Mar 2016
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The Apocalypse has never been funnier - Clive Barker Wickedly funny - TIME OUT A superbly funny book. Pratchett and Gaiman are the most hilariously sinister team since Jekyll and Hyde. If this is Armageddon, count me in - James Herbert Hilarious Pratchett magic tempered by Neil Gaiman's dark steely style; who could ask for a better combination? - FEAR
The hilarious end-of-the-world novel from two of the giants of fantasy fiction, with a cover in the style of Neil Gaiman's novels!See all Product description
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And so it starts, the apocalypse is here , the end of everything. The four horsemen finally ride together to bring the end and all they need is an Antichrist to guide them. Herein lies the problem, someone lost the antichrist and both the demons and angels are out to find him.
This book is a work of genius and is the perfect mix of Pratchett's humor with Neil Gaiman's dark narrative. It's not just direct plot and dialogues, this is a philosophical work written in a manner that is satirical in nature. The Good and Evil work together to thwart the doomsday and along the way it makes you think about the world in general.
This has to be my favourite book of the year. Must read.
The 'tune' in this case would be the arrival of the Anti-Christ (a.k.a the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan and Lord of Darkness). The 'choreography' in this case is the chain of events which culminates into the Great War between Heaven and Hell.
It is written that within 11 years of the arrival of Anti-Christ (a.k.a the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan and Lord of Darkness) , the Earth is to be consumed by hellfire and brimstone. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse shall herald the end of days, and the forces of Heaven and Hell shall engage in a conflict that shall end all conflicts. Forever. Everything was going according to the ineffable plan, when something went wrong. The Anti-Christ was delivered to the wrong house, and after 11 years of living in the town of Lower Tadfield, his views on bringing about the destruction of Earth are... novel to say the least.
Good Omens is a book that manages to balance the abstract beauty of Gaiman along with the dark comedy of Pratchett. In my opinion, while Gaiman may have the edge in terms of imagining the abstract and ethereal, it is Pratchett who succeeds in writing idiosyncratic characters that posses a subcutaneous layer of darkness. For certain, this story flies in the face of religious fervor. And not just modern religious fervor but across the face of religious fervor since Adam (the original one) decided to keep his doctor away. The characters (in particular Crowley and Aziraphale), all serve to act as appropriate examples of the human, the divine and the insane and one ponders at the end of this story the question:
"Is the purpose of humanity to pursue being good? evil? or just human?"
Despite its virtues it does have sluggish phases which could have been left out. It is really about the two central characters (a demon and an angel who have become reluctant friends over the millennia) and the novel is at its best when it concentrates on them, which is thankfully most of the time.
Ideal as a quick, enjoyable weekend read!
p.s.: i want to meet the authors and thank them in person for such an exceptional creation (check if Agnes Nutter predicted it!)
The book is so horribly well written that i almost cried laughing on certain instances. I was certain that gaiman was a gifted author when i had completed sandman vol 1. and was confident that none of his other works will ever come close to sandman. Till date sandman is the best for me but this is right up there in that class.! You will hardly come across a book so funny yet so captivating.! Read this, you won’t regret it.!
There can not be a better comic take on the forces of good and evil; it makes you appreciate the beauty in the world and in the rational!
Irreverence and rant have a place in a good humor, I suppose; but it does get a bit tiring at times.