I actually laughed out loud as I read Good Omens.
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.
This one has to rank near the top, maybe even as the downright finest.
The two British authors were both relatively unknown at the time of their partnership, having met when Gaiman (working as a journalist at the time) interviewed Pratchett on the success of his first major novel, The Colour of Magic.I'm sort of a sucker for religious humor (and religious horror movies and I've read a lot of books about the End Days.So let down your guard, pack away that condescension that your professors poured into you Lit class after Lit class, and resist the urge to turn up your nose at any novel you can buy in trade paperback form in airports for.99 (but higher.The cast of co-stars can only described as "vast with some characters only popping in long enough for Aziraphale to take over their body or to go on a shooting rampage.The main other characters though, include: the Antichrist himself, a young boy named Adam, and his gang of friends; a witchfinder named Newton Pulsifer and his love interest, Anathema Device, who just happens to be a witch (and one whose ancestor, Agnes Nutter was burned.That's what makes this book so great.A few times, to be completely honest.
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Of course, that story is all explained in the appendix, provided you don't pick up an original printing of the book (if you do do that, however, you can probably sell it for quite a bit of change, so don't be discouraged by your lack.