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Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College. Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, was the author of more than 70 books, including the internationally bestselling Discworld series of novels. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. In January 2009, Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry, who lived in England, died in March 2015 at the age of 66.
YA-- The end of the world is nigh! At least according to the prophecies of Agnes Nutter, a witch whose predictions are usually accurate but seldom heeded. Eleven years before the deadly Last Saturday Night, the ancient rivals of good and evil personified by the angelic Aziraphale (otherwise living as a London book dealer) and the demonic devil and former serpent Crowley clash in substituting the Antichrist during the birth of a baby. But the babies are switched as an unexpected third child enters the picture. The confusion picks up pace as witch hunters Sgt. Shadwell and Newton Pulsifer pursue modern Nutter follower Anathema Device. Along the way, countless puns, humorous footnotes, and satirical illusions enliven the story. A book that's sure to appeal to devoted fans of Douglas Adams.-- Diana C. Hirsch, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, MD
The end of the world is coming, and the portents are everywhere. All is dependent on the anti-Christ-if the agents of good and evil here on Earth can find him. Action-packed with flaming swords and freakish catastrophes, the 20-year-old novel is made even more suspenseful, irreverent, and clever with Martin Jarvis at the helm. Young or old, male or female, angel or demon, human or not, Jarvis's voices are legion, and his delivery and dramatics make for never a dull moment. (Nov.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
The birth of the Antichrist in a London hospital begins the countdown to Armageddon. As the forces of both Heaven and Hell anticipate the coming battle to decide the world's fate, a desperate few--including an angel with a taste for rare books, a demon in mirrorshades, the descendant of the world's most accurate prophetess, a part-time witchfinder, four young children, and a dog--race against time to prevent it. Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise, this collaboration between comics writer Gaiman and Discworld series author Pratchett fuses fantasy and comedy into an untrammeled romp through the latter days. Highly recommended for fantasy and general fiction collections.
"One Hell of a funny book."--Gene Wolfe "I whooped . . . I laughed . . . I was in near hysterics.: --New York Review of Science Fiction "An utter delight--fresh, exciting, uproariously funny."--Poul Anderson "A slapstick Apocalypse, a grinning grimoire, a comic Necronomicon, a hitchhiker's guide to the netherworld."--James Morrow, author of Only Begotten Daughter "It could be called The Hitchhiker's Guide to Armargeddon."--Palm Beach Post "If you've never read [GOOD OMENS], don't miss it now. Grade: A."--Rocky Mountain News "Outrageous . . . read it for a riotous good laugh!"--Orlando Sentinel "What's so funny about Armageddon? More than you'd think . . . GOOD OMENS has arrived just in time."--Detroit Free Press "Reads like the Book of Revelation, rewritten by Monty Python."--San Francisco Chronicle "Hilarious!"--Locus "Fiendishly funny."--New Orleans Times-Picayune "[L]ittle asides, quirky observations, simple puns and parody eventually add up to snorts, chortles and outright laughs."--San Diego Union-Tribune "Huge fun."--Sunday Express (London) "A direct descendant of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."--New York Times "Full-bore contemporary lunacy. A steamroller of silliness that made me giggle out loud."--San Diego Union-Tribune "Something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated."--Washington Post "From beginning to end, GOOD OMENS is side-splittingly funny . . . a ripping good time."--Rave Reviews "The Apocalypse has never been funnier."--Clive Barker "Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise . . . Highly recommended."--Library Journal "Wacky and irreverent."--Booklist "Hilariously naughty."--Kirkus Reviews