Book:The Definitive Good Omens
|The Definitive Good Omens|
|Publication date||18 April 2019|
|Main characters||Aziraphale, Crowley, Adam Young|
|All data relates to the first UK edition.|
There is a hint of Armageddon in the air. According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the Armies of Good and Evil are massing, the four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world’s last two remaining witchfinders are getting ready to Fight the Good Fight. Atlantis is rising. Frogs are falling. Tempers are flaring, and everything appears to be going to Divine Plan.
Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. They’ve lived amongst Humanity for millennia, and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle. So if Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they’ve got to find and kill the AntiChrist (which is a shame, really, as he’s a nice kid). There’s just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him.
This edition features a new revised text, approved by Neil Gaiman and the Pratchett Estate, which clears up many typos and errors from previous editions. It also features twelve full-colour illustrations from Paul Kidby – Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice – and further pencil drawings.
Along with the standard edition another four special editions have been published, some available only from Discworld.com and paulkidby.com:
- Slipcase Edition-Includes a numbered tipped-in sheet signed by Paul Kidby.
- Occult Edition-Hardback in a 'snakeskin' clam-shell box, with metallic red page edges and a numbered tipped-in sheet signed by Paul Kidby.
- Ineffable Edition-Hardback in a deluxe presentation box, with gold page edges, and a numbered tipped-in sheet signed by Neil Gaiman and Paul Kidby. Separate folio of Good Omens ephemera.
- Celestial Edition-Leather-bound hardback in an artisan presentation box, with gold foil page edges. Each copy individually hand-printed and bound. Named tipped-in sheets, each corresponding to a letter of the Greek alphabet, signed by Neil Gaiman and Paul Kidby. Separate folio of Good Omens ephemera.
The bookshop Waterstones released another new paperback edition of Good Omens which, along with with a new cover and end-papers, contained the same 'definitive' text as The Definitive Good Omens but without the artwork by Paul Kidby.