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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990)

Written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world's last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.

Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—each of whom has lived among Earth's mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he's a really nice kid). There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him.

Put New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett together . . . and all Hell breaks loose. (Copyright © William Morrow/HarperCollins. All rights reserved.)

Source:  HarperCollins Publishers.

Neil Richard Gaiman was born 10 November 1960. He is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery Medal, and Carnegie Medal in Literature. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work.

In the early 1980s, Gaiman pursued journalism, conducting interviews and writing book reviews. After forming a friendship with comic book writer Alan Moore, Gaiman started writing comic books, picking up Marvelman after Moore finished his run on the series. In a collaboration with author Terry Pratchett (best known for his series of Discworld novels), Gaiman's first novel Good Omens was published in 1990. He wrote reviews for different publishers, comics for DC and Marvel, novels like Anansi Boys and American Gods, juvenile and young adults like Coraline and The Graveyard Book, short stories in which some are collected in Smoke and Mirrors and occasional films and movies like Dave McKean's Mirrormask and the Neverwhere TV series.

For more information on Neil Gaiman and his works, visit his website at http://www.neilgaiman.com.

Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE was born on April 28, 1948. He is an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for the Discworld series of about 40 volumes. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel (The Colour of Magic) was published in 1983, he has written two books a year on average. His latest Discworld book, Snuff, is the third-fastest-selling novel since records began in the United Kingdom, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days. Pratchett was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s, and has sold over 70 million books worldwide in 37 languages. He is currently the second most-read writer in the UK, and seventh most-read non-US author in the US. 

For more information on Terry Pratchett and his works, visit his website at http://www.terrypratchettbooks.com.

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