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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is a 1990 comedy-fantasy novel written by English authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It is, essentially, a satire of prophecies made about the Armageddon, the Apocalypse, the End of Times, and the son of Satan.

Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft are written by men.

“People couldn't become truly holy,” he said, “unless they also had the opportunity to be definitively wicked."

The main plot revolves around Warlock, an eleven-year-old boy whom everyone thinks is the Anti-Christ, and Adam Young, an eleven-year-old boy from Oxford-Shire, who is the actual Anti-Christ. Despite being the ultimate personification of all evil, Adam is just a normal boy who wishes to live a normal life.

If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boy and his dog and his friends. And a summer that never ends.

Potentially evil. Potentially good, too, I suppose. Just this huge powerful potentiality waiting to be shaped.

Thus, he decides to sabotage the Apocalypse, and forms an unlikely coalition with an angel named Aziraphale and a demon named Crowley, who live comfortable lives in England. Together, they manage to stop and capture three of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—War, Pollution, and Famine.

Crowley had always known that he would be around when the world ended, because he was immortal and wouldn’t have any alternative. But he hoped it was a long way off. Because he rather liked people. It was major failing in a demon.

Many people, meeting Aziraphale for the first time, formed three impressions: that he was English, that he was intelligent, and that he was gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide.

The arrival of Adam’s real father, Satan, who comes to end the world once and for all, is the climax of the story. However, in an entertaining plot-twist, Adam’s human father makes an appearance, and the interesting gang manage to save the world.

It has been said that civilization is twenty-four hours and two meals away from barbarism.

You don't have to test everything to destruction just to see if you made it right.

The novel received mainly positive reviews, and has been translated into several languages, and has been adapted for film, television, radio, and theater.

It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.

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