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Good Omens
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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.
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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.

"Hilarious!" -- Locus "Fiendishly funny." -- New Orleans Times-Picayune "The Apocalypse has never been funnier." -- Clive Barker "An utter delight-fresh, exciting, uproariously funny." -- Poul Anderson "One Hell of a funny book." -- Gene Wolfe "Hilariously naughty." -- Kirkus Reviews "Wacky and irreverent." -- Booklist "Huge fun." -- Sunday Express (London) Hilarious! --Locus Hilariously naughty. --Kirkus Reviews Wacky and irreverent. --Booklist One Hell of a funny book. --Gene Wolfe Huge fun. --Sunday Express (London) Fiendishly funny. --New Orleans Times-Picayune "One Hell of a funny book."--Gene Wolfe "I whooped . . . I laughed . . . I was in near hysterics.: --New York Review of Science Fiction "A direct descendant of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."--New York Times "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 "Wacky and irreverent."--Booklist "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 "Hilariously naughty."--Kirkus Reviews "Full-bore contemporary lunacy. A steamroller of silliness that made me giggle out loud."--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 "Something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated."--Washington Post "Reads like the Book of Revelation, rewritten by Monty Python."--San Francisco Chronicle "Hilarious!"--Locus "From beginning to end, GOOD OMENS is side-splittingly funny . . . a ripping good time."--Rave Reviews "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 "The Apocalypse has never been funnier."--Clive Barker "Huge fun."--Sunday Express (London) "Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise . . . Highly recommended."--Library Journal The Apocalypse has never been funnier. --Clive Barker" Hilariously naughty. --Kirkus Reviews" Wacky and irreverent. --Booklist" 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" 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 delightfresh, 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" An utter delight fresh, exciting, uproariously funny. --Poul Anderson" "Wacky and irreverent."--Booklist "Hilariously naughty."--Kirkus Reviews

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