Good Omens is, quite possibly, my favorite book... or at the very least, it's in constant battle with another book for that title. I've read and re-read this book, owned ten or more copies over the years and given them away (more than once to complete strangers), and read it out loud to my parents once as a sort of reverse of the bedtime story tradition. Immensely funny, and incredibly insightful underneath its humor. I have been recommending Good Omens to everyone I become friends with, and to every bookstore customer who asks me for a personal recommendation, since I first read it many years ago. — From Amy's Picks
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
“The Apocalypse has never been funnier.”
“Wacky and irreverent.”
“Reads like the Book of Revelation, rewritten by Monty Python.”
“From beginning to end, GOOD OMENS is side-splittingly funny . . . a ripping good time.”
“If you’ve never read [GOOD OMENS], don’t miss it now. Grade: A.”
“It could be called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Armargeddon.”
“[L]ittle asides, quirky observations, simple puns and parody eventually add up to snorts, chortles and outright laughs.”
“What’s so funny about Armageddon? More than you’d think . . . GOOD OMENS has arrived just in time.”
“Full-bore contemporary lunacy. A steamroller of silliness that made me giggle out loud.”
“A direct descendant of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
“An utter delight—fresh, exciting, uproariously funny.”
“Outrageous . . . read it for a riotous good laugh!”
“I whooped . . . I laughed . . . I was in near hysterics.:
“A slapstick Apocalypse, a grinning grimoire, a comic Necronomicon, a hitchhiker’s guide to the netherworld.”
“One Hell of a funny book.”
“Irreverently funny and unexpectedly wise . . . Highly recommended.”
“Something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated.”