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Good Omens

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  225,337 ratings  ·  9,747 reviews

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 b

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Published (first published January 1st 1990)
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Sharon J The best, the funniest, the most thought provoking book about the nature of good and evil that I have ever read. An all time favourite that I will…moreThe best, the funniest, the most thought provoking book about the nature of good and evil that I have ever read. An all time favourite that I will probably re-read ten more times before I die. This is a classic and it is tragic that Terry Pratchett is suffering from early onset dementia. The BBC is putting this out as a radio drama in the very near future. (less)
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Jeremy Zerbe
Remember back when funny books were funny? Back before you went to college and found out that Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen weren't funny after all, but Samuel Beckett and Charles Dickens were hilarious? Remember when the words on the page didn't just make you smile wryly and shake your head in shame for humanity, but actually made you laugh out loud? Well, that's the kind of humor that Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's 1990 release Good Omens brims with, and it is so damn good.

The two British aut
I somehow ended up reading them both simultaneously. So I couldn't help wondering

What Madam Bovary Might Have Thought Of Good Omens

Three days later, a package arrived; there was no return address, but she immediately recognised Rodolphe's hand. It contained a paperback novel, whose title was Good Omens. Feverishly, she cast herself over it. Her English was poor, but, with the aid of a dictionary, she persevered and soon made great progress.

The more she read, the greater her bewilderment became.

In my personal hierarchy of books, this one comes a close second after Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. What can I say - like (diabolical) father, like (infernal) son.
"It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people."

In a way, I can view this book as my own personal therapy session¹ - that is, in addition to it being a
This book was overall a huge disappointment for me to read. I’d heard so many good things about it and had been meaning to read it for years. When I finally started it, I was about 20 pages into it and thought, “Yes! This is going to be one of the most entertaining books I’ve ever read.” It was like reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide for the first time again. It was witty and fast-paced and had so many brilliant things to say about society and religion. And then about halfway through, I realized tha ...more
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
No getting around it, it IS funny! Clever satire that’s harmlessly irreverent. I wasn’t rolling on the floor or anything but I had 4 (I counted) laugh-out-loud moments, a few good giggles & a smile on my face throughout. A great story that moves along very nicely, as Good and Evil (as represented by the angel Aziraphale & the demon Crowley) join forces to try & avert the apocalypse. Definitely held my interest.
The interplay between these two was what really made the story, liked it
Kyle Nakamura
Mar 12, 2008 Kyle Nakamura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't take their spirituality too seriously
This has got to be one of the funniest satires I've ever read. I suppose the closest comparison I could make is to describe it as a literary sibling to Dogma, but filtered through a distinctly British lense. That description doesn't really do the story justice, but that film definitely hits me in the same place as the book.
The whole premise, and I'm not giving much away here, begins with the accidental "mis-placement" of the infant Antichrist during a complex baby-swapping procedure intended t
I find if very difficult not to like a book about how plans for Armageddon hit a snag when a scatterbrained Satanic nun misplaces the Antichrist.

Many of the reviews of Good Omens compare it to Douglas Adams. There are some similarities in that much of the story occurs outside the bounds of normal reality, it's genuinely funny, and very British. But I found the overall tone to be softer, less snarky, and more intentionally philosophical in nature.

While the book is very entertaining, it also ask
I read this book before I tried to tackle Pratchett on his own merit, so I may have to retroactively skew this review based upon what I now know. The book is enjoyable, but may suffer from the fact that it represents its two authors at what seems to be their most basic states.

There is no question as to the recognizability of both Gaiman's and Pratchett's respective styles here, but neither seems to add anything to the other. One of Gaiman's weaknesses is surely his general lack of humor. Anythin
Sep 07, 2007 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone except those with no sense of humor or those who take the Book of Revelations seriously
Shelves: funny-satirical
Oh. My. God.

This was one of the funniest books I have ever read. The writing was phenomenal and I could see myself and others I know in many of the quirky characters.

Good and Evil's earthly representatives discover that the time for the Apocalyse has arrived and they're not too happy about it. You see, they've grown to like life on Earth. And besides, Evil (with a capital 'E') itself couldn't possibly do worse things to mankind than what mankind does to itself.

And the antichrist's name is Adam,
Reread 2014
I read American Gods not too long ago, and while I liked it, it didn't turn out to be a favorite. So I wondered if maybe I shouldn't go back and check this one out. You know, see if it was really as good as I remembered?
It was actually better. Hilarious!
The 5 star rating stands!

Original review 2009

Good Omens is going to have to go down as one of my favorites! I wouldn't say that I laughed out loud, but I snorted once or twice and smiled the whole way through! Who would have thoug
I actually feel a little bad giving this 2 stars, since I see so many reviews of people who loved this book. Unfortunately, I'm just not one of them.

I usually like Pratchett's work, and there are a few comic touches that I liked here, but overall the unbelievably slow pace of the latter half of this story nearly drove me bonkers. It skips over about 10 years in a few chapters, and then camps out at 6 hours 'til doomsday for hundreds of pages. The dialogue of the children was tiresome, and the o
One of my all-time favorite books. Up there with Hitchhiker's Guide.
It is really hard to write good literary satire. Simple fact is that often satire goes too far over to the side of parody. When it crosses that line, it becomes bad mimicry rather than true satire. Think what This Is Spinal Tap would have been like if Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer just did an impression of the guys from Saxon – it would be funny for five minutes (if you actually knew who Saxon was) but ultimately the joke would get old. Over-parody leads to a stale joke an ...more
Sep 15, 2007 E.H. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to be happy
Shelves: theboxmarkeddone
So, funny story. I was reading this book (re-reading, really) during a recent training session for my job (a fairly tedious process - the training, that is - which involves sitting in front of a computer for long hours listening to boring presentations about the software). The guy who was sitting next to me was reasonably attractive and rather chatty, and he looked over and said, "What are you reading?"

"Good Omens," I said, and seeing that he obviously had no idea what it was, I added, "It's abo
I read Good Omens shortly after joining GR but never bothered to write a review for it. I loved the book but don't remember a thing about it so there is no way I could review it now.

Following the recent "let's bump reviews" situation, some of us decided we'd had enough. Being on GR doesn't mean competing for 'likes'. I, for one, am only here for the wine. But I digress. Kat made an awesome little badge and Kelly came up with a brilliant idea: let's all bump our friends' reviews instead of our
Suatu hari Neil Gaiman dan Terry Pratchett (yang waktu itu katanya belum terkenal) ketemuan. Sambil minum-minum dan ngobrol ngalor ngidul, mereka iseng-iseng melontarkan ide untuk membuat buku bareng. Isinya, tentang segala hal yang bikin mereka jengkel, marah, mikir, senang, sedih, sinis, pokoknya segala hal campur aduk. Lumayan lah, daripada nganggur...

+ Tapi harus ada benang merahnya dong, masak cuma ocehan nggak penting?
- Hmm..ya udah tentang hari kiamat aja
+ Kenapa hari kiamat?
- Semua orang
Deborah Markus
Flawless. That is, unless you're deeply and humorlessly religious, in which case you'll want an emergency bucket of holy water nearby to douse this book in after -- or possibly while -- you read it.

Do Protestants do holy water, btw? I always thought that was a Catholic thing. Then again, I thought Lent was only for Catholics, too, and then my Proddy friends started mentioning what they gave up for Lent and I was all, "Actually, I think giving up chocolate for a whole month is going a little ove
Aug 16, 2007 Su rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every intelligent human being with a sense of humor
Wow, WHAT a fantastic book! Hilarious, hilarious, hilarious--this is the modern thinking man's (and woman's ^^) absolute book of delights! This book had me laughing my head off from page 1 all the way to the end, and it still had room to give us some worthwhile philosophical ideas.

Gaiman and Pratchett are not just masterful writers with fantastic writing styles and wit like you wouldn't believe, the parodic archetypes they take to be their personae dramatis are both so dead-on perfect and hilar
I can't for the life of me understand the good reviews that this book has received. I consider myself a person with a great sense of humour. Though I found Crowley an extremely enjoyable character, I could not bring myself to finish this book. All of these characters thrown in and abrupt switches of storyline annoyed me and made me refuse to finish it.

This book tries way too hard to be "wacky". There is no naturalness to the flow of the humor. Speaking of which, there is no naturalness to the p
After being unimpressed with Neverwhere and dismissing it as Early Gaiman, I was delighted to read Good Omens and find that even though this was written several years before Neverwhere, it's just as good as Gaiman's later works. Possibly this is due to Pratchett's influence - at the end of the book, there's a nice afterword where the two authors talk about the process of creating the story and who was responsible for writing which parts. I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett before this an ...more

I have enjoyed Terry Pratchett on his own. I have enjoyed Neil Gaiman writing on his own. But the two of them writing this book together didn't quite work for me personally. I can understand why many other people have loved this book yet there was something not quite likeable about it for me. And no it wasn't the subject matter but rather the writing style adopted and the novel's plot.

This book is somewhat similar to, and somewhat different to the quirky style of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the G
Robert Beveridge
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens (Ace, 1990)

So many people seem to consider this book the Second Coming of the Hitchhiker's Guide that I'm now scared to re-read Douglas Adams, for fear that my great enjoyment of the first three Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books was youthful folly rather than appreciation of great art.

Don't get me wrong, there are laugh-out-loud moments in Good Omens. But they are neither as frequent as they are in Gaiman's American Gods, nor are they couched in a
Kevin Xu
I did not the idea of Pratchett and Gaiman writing a book together. Don't get me wrong, its not like I dion't like their writing, its just that combining the two of them did not work for. Its more like I only like certain books/topic along with certain humor of Pratchett.
All the laugh out loud hilarity from Terry Pratchett, mixed with the scratch your head weird from Neil Gaiman that will have you receiving awkward silences from those you attempt to read aloud from the book to in response to the question "What is so funny?".
I can't say I loved this as much as most people I know have. I think if I read it a few years ago I would have, but I'm don't enjoy this type of humour the same way I used to. That said, I really do understand why so many people love this book. I'm just not in that space.

The writing is wonderful, the jokes and laughs a-plenty, the book bounces between characters quickly so there isn't much time for really getting fed up with one or another of them, and the story moves along at a decent pace. I d
Jennifer Wardrip
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I love this book! The first time I came across it, it was hidden in a corner in a bookstore. It cried out to me. I had to take it home. I laughed so hard that I cried, more than once. I loved it so much I gave it away. Which is an extraordinarily difficult thing for me to do. But it wanted to be shared, and I can't deny a book its destiny. My brain, however, is not so capable of release. I had to buy it again. And read it over and over and over. Un
This was so much better than I thought it would be.
I approached it cautiously, thinking it would be one of those books that are pretty much cults but I never end up loving, and I was sucked in from the start. (view spoiler)

It's witty, thought-provoking and slightly crazy - everything the fans say it is.
It's a well thought-out (slightly urban) fantasy, religious satire that doesn't tak
Jennifer (aka EM)
May 21, 2011 Jennifer (aka EM) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer (aka EM) by: karen's Readers Advisory
Shelves: palate-cleansers
I swear by all that's (un)holy, I didn't deliberately choose to read this book (which I finished last night at precisely 10.36 pm Eastern) timed to the coming Apocalypse. But how delightful a coincidence, huh?

This is broad-strokes, high-farce, slapstick-laden, Monty Python-esque humour, with at its core (of the apple of Knowledge, get it?), a tart sweetness. Some of the jokes and puns are broad enough to be groaners, but it works because it is anchored by Pratchett and Gaiman's dead(!)pan humour
Maggie Stiefvater
This novel spoof of THE OMEN is absolutely hilarious. From the four bikers of the apocalypse to adorable hell hounds, it's my absolute favorite offering from Terry Pratchett -- his humor mixed with Neil Gaiman's is absolute win in my opinion.

***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books -- not every book I read. Consider a novel's presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement. I can't believe I just said "hearty." It sounds like a stew
4.5 stars. Original, well-written and very funny. Exactly what you would expect from a collaboration of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Recommended!!

Nominee: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1991)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (1991)
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

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