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text 2015-10-24 21:29
Reading progress update: I've read 90%.
Good Omens - Neil Gaiman,Terry Pratchett

Adam Young you are the cutest antichrist of all times. I love you and the Them. You are so innocent and act just like any child would, and I love that, I love it. So true and honest and sassy! This book is amazing.

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review 2014-12-28 07:41
Good Omens: The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman

 

1: A rather special baby is delivered, initiating an apocalyptic chain of events.

Description: According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, the world will end on a Saturday. A Saturday quite soon, here on Radio 4.

Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse - War, Famine, Pollution and Death - have been summoned from the corners of the earth and are assembling.

Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell and his assistant Newton Pulsifier are also en route to Tadfield to investigate some unusual phenomena in the area, while Anathema Device, descendent of prophetess and witch Agnes Nutter, tries to decipher her ancestor's cryptic predictions about exactly where the impending Apocalypse will take place.

Atlantis is rising, fish are falling from the sky; everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan.
Everything that is but for the unlikely duo of an angel and a demon who are not all that keen on the prospect of the forthcoming Rapture. Aziraphale (once an angel in the Garden of Eden, but now running an antiquarian bookshop in London), and Crowley (formerly Eden's snake, now driving around London in shades and a vintage Bentley) have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. But if they are to stop Armageddon taking place they've got to find and kill the one who will the one bring about the apocalypse: the Antichrist himself.

There's just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him...

With a cast led by Peter Serafinowicz and Mark Heap this is the first ever dramatization of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens.

Adaptation and sound design by Dirk Maggs.
Produced by Heather Larmour.



Listen here.

Episode 2: Aziraphale and Crowley set out to discover what happened to the real son of Satan.


Episode 3: Aziraphale consults Agnes's prophesies and the Horsepersons of the Apocalypse are summoned

Episode 4: Aziraphale and Crowley receive visits from the Angelic and Demonic authorities.

Episode 5: The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse assemble and set off for Lower Tadfield.

Episode 6: Armageddon is imminent, and the fate of the Earth rests on the shoulders of Adam Young.

"We would throw characters in, hand them off when we got stuck. We finished the book and decided we would only tell people a little about the writing process - we would tell them that Agnes Nutter was Terry's, and the Four Horsemen (and the Other Four Motorcyclists) were mine."Read more of Neil Gaiman's piece on BBC news desk.

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text 2014-09-05 16:29
September Book a Day #5: The book you bought despite the cover
Doomed - Chuck Palahniuk
My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk,Erdağ M. Göknar
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman
Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon
Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk
Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
Wild Thing - Josh Bazell
Beat the Reaper - Josh Bazell

Chuck Palahniuk and Josh Brazell are the two writers that I keep buying books even when the covers have ugly design. 

 

The other one is Neil Gaiman. 

 

Still, some really interesting books. 

 

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text 2014-08-09 22:28
My 'most read' authors according to Goodreads...
The Guns of the South - Harry Turtledove
Carry on, Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse
A Meeting at Corvallis - S.M. Stirling
North and South - John Jakes
Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder,Garth Williams
Hood - Stephen R. Lawhead
Hexed - Kevin Hearne
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
Anne of Green Gables - Jennifer Lee Carrell,L.M. Montgomery
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman

Idea stolen from -  Char's Horror Corner

 

Not exactly sure how they figured this, but probably because I do not keep accurate records at Goodreads.  I know, for example, I have read far more books by Lois McMaster Bujold than Stephanie Meyers.

 

Anyway, here are top 20 from Goodreads (had to go to 20 because 15 is just not a 'good' number... OCD and all):

 

1

Harry Turtledove

2

P.G. Wodehouse

3

S.M. Stirling

4

John Jakes

5

Laura Ingalls Wilder

6

Stephen R. Lawhead

7

Kevin Hearne

8

Diana Gabaldon

9

Stephenie Meyer

10

L.M. Montgomery

11

Terry Pratchett

12

J.K. Rowling

13

Lois McMaster Bujold

14

Frank Herbert

15

George R.R. Martin

16

Naomi Novik

17

Edward Rutherfurd

18

Jean M. Auel

19

Alexander McCall Smith

20

Tom Clancy

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review 2014-08-05 16:30
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman

It's my favorite book.  I picked up a copy at the first and only BEA I ever attended.  I didn't know either of the author's names. Because it's my favorite novel, I made it a point to read it aloud to both of the Offspring during their first weeks of life.  They've always liked me reading to them.

***

I've never dropped a copy in the bath, but I imagine mine does look well-loved. There aren't any surprises in a sixth read, but the delight remains. Now that I've read most of Gaiman's published work and most of Pratchett's, it is fun to see things that show up in other places and other forms. What I noticed most this time is that their notion of eleven-year-olds is rather more childlike than mine, not to mention much smaller. (I'm short, which means eleven-year-olds are as tall as me, if not actually towering over me.)

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