Authors: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Blurb: According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...
My thoughts: I was already on the Terry Pratchett bandwagon, but I've never read any of Neil Gaiman's books. After reading 'Good Omens', I will definitely be checking them out! This was a fantastically exciting apocalyptic adventure and the sort of book you read very slowly so that you don't miss the constant little jokes that the authors are lobbing your way.
My favourite characters were undoubtedly the demon, Crowley, and the angel, Aziraphale, whose long stays on Earth have enamoured them greatly to the world and whose isolation from their places of origin has engendered within them a surprising kinship for an angel and a demon. However these are only two of a myriad of characters all of whom you just want to keep hearing about, from the four horsemen of the apocalypse (riding motorcycles) to the eleven year old Antichrist and his gang. What I love about Pratchett's style, which is evident in this book, is the constant switching between points of view - confusing at first but then it generally all comes together in the dramatic finale.
Published in 1990, the book is undoubtedly of its time - for example, constant references to cassette tapes - but this did not necessarily ruin the story in the least. I suspect that I am one of the last people in the Western hemisphere to read this book, but if anyone else hasn't then I would highly recommend it.