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.
About the Author
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay, India, but raised in England until he returned to India in 1881 as a journalist and local newspaper editor. In 1907 Kipling became the first English writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. A poet and prolific short story writer, he is best known as the author of The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1902), and Just So Stories (1902).
Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.
“The Apocalypse has never been funnier.”
“Wacky and irreverent.”
-New Orleans Times-Picayune
“From beginning to end, GOOD OMENS is side-splittingly funny . . . a ripping good time.”
“If you’ve never read [GOOD OMENS], don’t miss it now. Grade: A.”
-Rocky Mountain News
“It could be called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Armargeddon.”
-Palm Beach Post
“Reads like the Book of Revelation, rewritten by Monty Python.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“[L]ittle asides, quirky observations, simple puns and parody eventually add up to snorts, chortles and outright laughs.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune
“What’s so funny about Armageddon? More than you’d think . . . GOOD OMENS has arrived just in time.”
-Detroit Free Press
“Full-bore contemporary lunacy. A steamroller of silliness that made me giggle out loud.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune
“A direct descendant of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
-New York Times
“An utter delight—fresh, exciting, uproariously funny.”
“Outrageous . . . read it for a riotous good laugh!”
“I whooped . . . I laughed . . . I was in near hysterics.:
-New York Review of Science Fiction
“A slapstick Apocalypse, a grinning grimoire, a comic Necronomicon, a hitchhiker’s guide to the netherworld.”
-James Morrow, author of Only Begotten Daughter
“One Hell of a funny book.”
-Sunday Express (London)
“Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise . . . Highly recommended.”
“Something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated.”