Good Omens pdf Book Summary
Good Omens pdf Book: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. A novel written in 1990 as a collaboration between the English authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
The book is a comedy about the birth of the son of Satan and the coming of the End Times. There are attempts by the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley to sabotage the coming of the end times, having grown accustomed to their comfortable surroundings in England. One subplot features a mixup at the small country hospital on the day of birth and the growth of the Antichrist, Adam, who grows up with the wrong family, in the wrong country village. Another subplot concerns the summoning of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, each a big personality in their own right.
Good Omens Book Characters
God, the creator of the universe and all things in it. God’s true nature or plan cannot be known, since He is ineffable.
- Aziraphale, joint main character of the novel with Crowley. He doubles as a rare book dealer.
- Metatron, the Voice of God, but an entity in their own right.
- Satan, the original demon; he led the rebellion against Heaven and was responsible for forming Hell (as an organization, if not a place) when the rebel angels were made to Fall.
- Crowley, joint main character of the novel with Aziraphale. He is a demon who did not so much fall from Heaven as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.
- Adam Young, the Antichrist and the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Prince of this World and Lord of Darkness. Leader of the Them.
- Beelzebub, Prince of Hell and leader of its forces.
- Hastur, Duke of Hell and a very traditional demon who spends very little time on Earth.
- Ligur, another Duke of Hell. Ligur is destroyed by a bucket of Holy Water which was placed above Crowley’s door in defense against him and Hastur.
- Dagon, Lord of the Files and Master of Torments. Dagon contacts Crowley through his radio.
- Agnes Nutter, a witch from the 17th century. She wrote The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.
- Anathema Device, a practical occultist and descendant of Agnes.
- Newton Pulsifer, a wages clerk who becomes a Witchfinder Private.
- Shadwell, the last remaining Sergeant of the Witchfinder Army, who hires Newt.
- Madame Tracy, a Medium who is possessed by Aziraphale.
- Pepper, the sole female member of The Them.
- Brian, member of The Them.
- Wensleydale, member of The Them.
- Warlock Dowling, a boy that is mistaken to be the Antichrist by Aziraphale and Crowley thanks to a mix-up.
- Thou-Shalt-Not-Commit-Adultery Pulsifer, Newt’s ancestor and the witchfinder who burned Agnes.
- Sister Mary Loquacious, a satanic nun of the Chattering Order of St Beryl. She managed to fumble the switch of the Antichrist with a human baby,
- Mr Young, “father” of Adam.
- Mr Tyler, a chairman of a Residents’ Association.
- The International Express Man, a delivery man of the International Express who delivered parcels and messages to the Four Horsemen. He died delivering a message to Death.
Good Omens Book Authors – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
About Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman c0-author of Good Omens is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. He is a Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
About Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett co-author of God Omens pdf Book sold his first story when he was fifteen, 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. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 36 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these children’s books, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens , his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). Terry’s latest book, Nation, a non-Discworld standalone YA novel was published in October of 2008 and was an instant New York Times and London Times bestseller. Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 55 million copies (give or take a few million) and have been translated into 36 languages. Terry Pratchett lived in England with his family, and spent too much time at his word processor. Some of Terry’s accolades include: The Carnegie Medal, Locus Awards, the Mythopoetic Award, ALA Notable Books for Children, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Book Sense 76 Pick, Prometheus Award and the British Fantasy Award.
Good Omens pdf Book Book Information
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (November 28, 2006)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060853980
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060853983
- Lexile measure : 830L
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.28 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #47 in Humorous Fantasy (Books)
- #70 in Occult Fiction
- #70 in Fiction Satire
- Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars 17,160 ratings
Good Omens pdf Book Reviews
The Apocalypse has never been funnier.” — Clive Barker
“Hilariously naughty.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Wacky and irreverent.” — Booklist
“Reads like the Book of Revelation, rewritten by Monty Python.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“Fiendishly funny.” — New Orleans Times-Picayune
“From beginning to end, GOOD OMENS is side-splittingly funny . . . a ripping good time.” — Rave Reviews
“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
“[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.” — Poul Anderson
“Outrageous . . . read it for a riotous good laugh!” — Orlando Sentinel
“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.” — Gene Wolfe
“Hilarious!” — Locus
“Huge fun.” — Sunday Express (London)
“Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise . . . Highly recommended.” — Library Journal
“Something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated.” — Washington Post
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Story From Two Fantastic Authors
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2019
This is the third copy of this book I have purchased. My daughter has one and refuses to relinquish it; I don’t blame her. I still have my original copy, a first edition, but it is fairly worn out and holds a place of reverence on a shelf of my all time favorite books by my all time favorite authors. Pratchett and Gaiman happen to head the roster of said authors. When Amazon Prime announced the soon to be released series based on the book, Good Omens pdf, I knew it was time to read the book again even though I had re-read it for the God (or his/hers main opposite) knows how many time quite recently. Unfortunately I was afraid my time-worn, much loved, original might not survive another session. Thus my recent purchase of this latest copy. It is sturdy, well printed, it arrived on time and, after reading it again, I have lent it to my son with a stern warning that I WILL have it back. It is, and always has been, a great read, and such is the Prime Video of the series. Read the book, watch the series, and repeat as often as you wish to be entertained. I still mourn the loss of Terry Pratchett but Neil Gaiman wrote a masterful screen play that absolutely works. Start with the book, though, and I very highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn’t want to put it down
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2022
Although both authors have been recommended to me previously, this book marks the cost time I have read anything by either of them — I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It didn’t hurt that, having seen trailers for the TV series adaptation, I was hearing and picturing David Tennant every time Crowley appeared within the pages.
The characters are well-developed and imaginative, given that a number of them are not actually human. It is clear the authors know the Biblical material around which the premise of the story revolves, but they also manage to exercise creative license without making a mockery of it.
Pratchett has been recommended by other readers who have enjoyed Jasper Fforde, who is one of my favorite authors, and I could see similarities to Fforde’s style in places. (Pratchett’s Discworld is on my TBR list.) One of Gaiman’s novels is next on my list.
I also have to recommended the Harper Audiobook version, read by Martin Jarvis; I listened to it on my commute, and it was excellent. But in the process, I was enjoying the story so much I ended up buying a physical copy for my personal library.
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