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.
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 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.
"It could be called The Hitchhiker's Guide to Armargeddon."--Palm Beach Post "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 "If you've never read [GOOD OMENS], don't miss it now. Grade: A."--Rocky Mountain News "Reads like the Book of Revelation, rewritten by Monty Python."--San Francisco Chronicle "An utter delight--fresh, exciting, uproariously funny."--Poul Anderson "Outrageous . . . read it for a riotous good laugh!"--Orlando Sentinel "A direct descendant of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."--New York Times "I whooped . . . I laughed . . . I was in near hysterics.: --New York Review of Science Fiction "Full-bore contemporary lunacy. A steamroller of silliness that made me giggle out loud."--San Diego Union-Tribune "The Apocalypse has never been funnier."--Clive Barker "Hilarious!"--Locus "Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise . . . Highly recommended."--Library Journal "Fiendishly funny."--New Orleans Times-Picayune "Huge fun."--Sunday Express (London) "[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 "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 "Wacky and irreverent."--Booklist "Hilariously naughty."--Kirkus Reviews