Good Omens: the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

12 Dec


Gaiman, Neil & Pratchett, Terry. Good Omens: the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch. Harper, 1990. 384 pages. ISBN 978-0-06-085397-6

Plot Summary:

The End Times are near, the Apocalypse is among us, and the angel Aziraphale, who is the representative for God on Earth, and the demon Crowley, who is the representative for Satan on Earth, are not pleased with the news. They have both become comfortable with their lives on Earth, so they decide to work together and watch over the Antichrist. The Antichrist is supposed to be the son of a promising American diplomat who is stationed in Britain, therefore he would grow up in a stable life and never have to choose between good and evil, which would postpone the end of the world. However, the boy, Warlock, who everyone believes is Satan’s son, the Antichrist, is actually just a normal boy. Turns out there was some mishandling at the hospital and the two boys got switched, the real Antichrist is a boy named Adam Young, who grew up with a nice English family and had no idea of his powers. Now the race is on, and everybody is trying to find the real Antichrist before time runs out.

Critical Evaluation:

This book is a fantasy comedy that will make you laugh your socks off. All of the characters are utterly, ridiculously outrageous. This book is a sort of parody of the movie The Omen, which Gaiman and Pratchett worked together on to create a wonderful piece of art. From Satan’s son being mixed-up at the hospital with another baby to Pestilence, of the Four Horsemen, being exchanged with Pollution (Pestilence retired when penicillin was discover), this novel is modern and idiosyncratic. When Aziraphale, the angel, and Crowley, the demon, are forced to work together in order to halt the end of the world we get to see how good and evil can work together in a time of crisis. It’s odd how the reader is reminded that both exist in the world and both are needed to keep things balanced correctly. One without the other would through things off and create a whole lot of chaos that would ultimately destroy the world we live in. Of course a lot of people want to believe that evil is unnecessary for the world to run smoothly, but they are sadly mistaken, and Gaiman and Pratchett express this point quite clearly.

Reader’s Annotation:

The End is near and the only one who can stop it is the Antichrist, except the boy they thought was the Antichrist actually isn’t. The race to find the true Antichrist has begun. But is it too late?


Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. He has been one of the top writers in comics for a long time. He writes books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers.  He is an avid creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.He began his writing career in England as a journalist.  His first book was a Duran Duran biography that took him three months to write. His second book was a biography of Douglas Adams, called Don’t Panic: The Official Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion.

Terry Pratchett is the creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first book being The Colour of Magic, published in 1983. He is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen. He is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as, being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.


Religion Fiction/Humor

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Booktalking Ideas:

The Apocalypse has begun. Can they stop it in time.

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Why I included this book:

Both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are great authors, so I figure a book written by the two of them together would be great, and it was. I actually found this book in the young adult section of the library, but it was written for adults.

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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in LIBR 265-10 Database Project/Blog


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