Good Omens by Terry Pratchett

Good Omens

An alternative cover for this ISBN can be found hereAccording 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...

Details Good Omens

TitleGood Omens
Release DateNov 28th, 2006
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Humor, Urban Fantasy

Reviews Good Omens

  • 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 brim...
  • Manny
    I somehow ended up reading them both simultaneously. So I couldn't help wonderingWhat Madam Bovary Might Have Thought Of Good OmensThree 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 mo...
  • Derek
    Overall, this book was a huge disappointment for me. 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 rel...
  • Nataliya
    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 ther...
  • Cecily
    Don’t be misled by those who class this as fantasy, humour, or just fiction. This is actually a profound philosophical and theological treatise, exploring good and evil, nature versus nurture, free will, war, pollution, and organised religion. But it’s cleverly disguised as a madcap caper featuring angels, demons, the M25 motorway, Manchester, raining fish, dolphins, Atlantis, aliens, the Apocalypse, the young Antichrist, Americans, footnotes...
  • Felicia
    One of my all-time favorite books. Up there with Hitchhiker's Guide.
  • Miranda Reads
    “DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING," said Death. "JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.” The Apocalypse is not off to a good start.Ten years ago, Crowley (a demon) brought the infant Anti-Christ to a group of Satanic Nuns who swapped the Anti-Christ with a human child. For ten years, Aziraphale (an Angel) and Crowley educate the child on the finer points of good and evil. “People couldn't become truly holy," he said, "unless the...
  • Lyn
    The year is 2114 and in an upstairs apartment in Lower Tadfield, Oxfordshire, England four people – Marge, Ron, Neville and Madam Tracey – sit around a table. They are gathered for a séance.Madam Tracey: I can feel my spirit guide approaching.Marge: Ooooo, this is exciting!Madam Tracey: [In a dark brown voice] How! [Then in her normal voice] Geronimo is that you? [And again in the deep voice] Yes, this’n is me.Neville: This is just like in...
  • Choko
    *** 4.75 *** "... “God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.” ..." Loved every second of it! A book about free ...
  • Kyle Nakamura
    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 du...
  • Jen
    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. Th...
  • J.G. Keely
    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 weakn...
  • Anne
    Reread 2014I 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?Huh.It was actually better. Hilarious! The 5 star rating stands!Original review 2009Good 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Lena
    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...
  • Buffy
    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. S...
  • Maria Clara
    Sin lugar a dudas es un libro muy divertido; me lo he pasado muy bien con "el bien y el mal" y sus meteduras de pata jajaja...
  • Nikoleta
    Εντάξει, αυτό το βιβλίο μπορεί να μην είναι η γρήγορη περιπέτεια, με την έντονη δράση, αλλά είναι η πιο κεφάτη και αστεία εκδοχή για τον Αρμαγεδδώνα, που μπορεί να δει ή να διαβάσει άνθρωπος!Αυτή η ζωηρή, τσαχπίνικη, καυστική και φλύαρη αφήγηση που ...
  • Helen 2.0
    -----7/1-----Good Omens is a book about the Antichrist and the end of the world. But don't worry, it's not all sad! In fact, most of it is hilarious. The angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley are each tasked with finding the Antichrist as a baby and swaying him over to their respective sides; heaven or hell. However, through a misunderstanding they lose the Antichrist and he grows up to be a normal human boy. As a result, Armageddon goes off wit...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    “It has been said that civilization is twenty-four hours and two meals away from barbarism.” This was quirky and a little on the odd side but totally fun. Heaven and Hell have basically been in a cold war for well forever it seems. Ever since Lucifer “An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.” became the bad guy the final show down has been in the works. But now, finally Satan’s son has been born and the prophec...
  • 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 b...
  • C.G. Drews
    I won't lie: I read this because it has a) Crowley in it, and b) it's an adult book and I was adulting. (That was exhausting though. Please, lead me back to the children's aisle. That's where I belong.) I totally enjoyed it though because it's HILARIOUS. Yeah maybe the story is a bit waffly in places and there are some useless tangents it runs off on, but it is downright funny. Why? Oh, oh keep calm. I'll show you. First of all, it is SO like ...
  • Samantha
    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 ...
  • Anna
    sardonically sarcastic!!!Σε ένα πρόσφατο ταξίδι στην Αγγλία ήθελα να αγοράσω κάτι .... αγγλικό για ενθύμιο και ναι, σκέφτηκα αυτό το βιβλίο!Για όσους ξέρουν το έργο του Gaiman και του Pratchett, θα αγόραζαν το αποτέλεσμα της συνεργασίας τους με κλειστά μάτια. Και σίγου...
  • Mario
    “I don't see what's so triffic about creating people as people and then gettin' upset cos' they act like people", said Adam severely. "Anyway, if you stopped tellin' people it's all sorted out after they're dead, they might try sorting it all out while they're alive.” Neil Gaiman + Terry Pratchett = PerfectionLet me start this review with saying that if you're not so open minded hardcore religious person. do yourself a favor and don't read th...
  • E.H.
    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 obv...
  • Ken
    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...
  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    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:...
  • Negativni
    Genijalno! Što drugo reći?Pratchett i Gaiman su se očito zabavljali dok su pisali ovaj roman i utrpali su u njega valjda sve čega su se mogli sjetiti, što povremeno remeti dinamiku i guši radnju, ali s druge strane, svaka rečenica je prožeta odličnim humorom ili genijalnim kritikama društva* tako da je ovo bio užitak za čitanje. Ismijali su: religijske dogme, nelogičnosti u Bibliji, predviđanje budućnosti, koncept sudbine, tv propo...
  • Madeline
    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 nev...