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Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Good Omens (1990)
« on: April 07, 2008, 05:35:17 AM »
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The Antichrist is born and the Apocalypse is coming very soon. Various characters, including demons, an angel, the Antichrist himself and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (who turn out to be four bikers) must deal with this in their various ways. At the core of the plot lies the unwillingness of the sympathetic (and hilarious) demon Crowley, and the kind angel Aziraphale to let their favourite little planet be destroyed.

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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2008, 05:37:04 AM »
Good Omens was the first book I read by either Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett. I was in love with it shortly after starting on it, and I still am. This is one of my favourite books :)

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2008, 07:34:51 AM »
Love this one. Funny and awesome.

Also... the best of queen. :lol:
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2008, 01:56:21 PM »
25. And the Lord spake unto the angel that guarded the eastern gate saying, Where is the flaming sword which was given unto thee?
26. And the Angel said, I had it here a moment ago, I must have put it down somewhere, forget my own head next.
27. And the Lord did not ask him again,


brilliant.  

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2008, 06:37:02 PM »
I'll be honest I do not dislike either Pratchett or Gaiman's solo writing,  but I am always disapointed when it does not compare to their combined efforts

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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2008, 07:35:41 AM »
Pleasant surprise - a Gaiman with laughs and a Pratchett with a story :)
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2008, 05:06:06 AM »
Quote from: "Grimner"
Pleasant surprise - a Gaiman with laughs and a Pratchett with a story :)


Whoa whoa, which Pratchett books are you reading?

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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2008, 11:49:50 AM »
This book is a gem indeed.  8)

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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2008, 03:43:15 PM »
It is very funny indeed.
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2008, 03:51:18 PM »
Quote from: "Grimner"
Pleasant surprise - a Gaiman with laughs and a Pratchett with a story :)


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Re: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Good Omens (1990)
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2008, 09:18:19 PM »
Besides hitchhikers this is the only book I've read where i actually laughed out loud while reading it.
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Re: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Good Omens (1990)
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2008, 03:40:37 PM »
It's an enjoyable read, but don't think it measures up to either at their peak. It's certainly better than the early Discworld stuff though, and I liked the camaraderie between Crowley and Aziraphale, them finding a comfortable equilibrium between their assholish extremist masters. Hardly the most novel concept, but still.
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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2008, 07:46:27 PM »
Besides hitchhikers this is the only book I've read where i actually laughed out loud while reading it.

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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2008, 01:42:20 AM »
Hey I read this book!  I think my favorite two things were:

1.  Retired satanic nuns running a corporate retreat (I always knew that weekend warrior stuff had to be demonic somehow) , and

2.  That all music in Crowley's car becomes Queen.  That's inspired.
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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2008, 06:42:06 AM »
I read this book during a one-night camping trip. Having brought a summer sleeping bag and pretty much nothing else, while it was freezing in the middle of the winter, I couldn't sleep because of the cold. Basically passers-by may have heard constant lonely laughter coming from somewhere between the trees in a quiet Dutch landscape, several kilometers from the nearest village. I wonder if I unwittingly inspired any local folklores.

 

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