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The nice and accurate Good omens TV companion : your guide to Armageddon… (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Matt Whyman, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

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The ultimate TV companion book to Good Omens, a massive new television launch on Amazon Prime Video and the BBC, written and show-run by Neil Gaiman and adapted from the internationally beloved novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. '[It was] absurdly good fun...Terry charged Neil with getting it made, almost as his deathbed wish, so it's a real labour of love' - David Tennant In the beginning there was a book written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman about the forces of good and evil coming together to prevent the apocalypse, scheduled to happen on a Saturday just after tea. Now, that internationally beloved novel has been transformed into six hour-long episodes of some of the most creative and ambitious television ever made. Written and show-run by Neil Gaiman and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, this BBC Studios creation brings Good Omens spectacularly to life, through a cast that includes David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson, Josie Lawrence, Derek Jacobi, Nick Offerman, Jack Whitehall and Adria Arjona. Keep calm, because The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion is your ultimate guide to navigating Armageddon. Through character profiles and in-depth interviews with the stars and the crew, stunning behind-the-scenes and stills photography of the cast and locations, and a fascinating insight into costume boards and set designs, you will discover the feats of creativity and mind-boggling techniques that have gone into bringing an angel, a demon, and the Antichrist to the screens of people everywhere. This book will take you inside the world of Heaven and Hell (and Tadfield) and is set to shatter coffee tables around the world.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The nice and accurate Good omens TV companion : your guide to Armageddon and the series based on the bestselling novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Kirjailijat:Matt Whyman
Muut tekijät:Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
Info:New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of Harpercollins publishers, [2019]
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Companion books to movies and TV shows are always a bit of a dice roll when it comes to their quality. While they're usually filled with interesting anecdotes and tons of pictures, they have a habit of feeling little more than a fluff piece used as advertisement for that film/TV series. Luckily, this isn't the case with either of the two books released as tie-ins for Amazon Prime and BBC's recent adaptation of Good Omens. Both books - a traditional companion and a book featuring all of Neil Gaiman's scripts for the series - are excellent reads, managing to be both informative and worthwhile reads even for those who know everything there is to know about the series and its creation.

This is a gargantuan of a book. Dimension-wise, it's as big as a sheet of paper and as thick as a textbook. Between its covers is a very well-written account of the creation of the Good Omens TV adaptation, from its infancy all the way through its post-production. Included are an enormous array of interviews with the cast and crew, plenty of photographs from behind the scenes, and a litany of other tidbits that should please even the biggest fan of the series. Whyman's time spent on the set has given him a great vantage point from which to write this account of the making of the series and the interviews throughout the book reveal plenty of new information about the creation of the series that fans won't be able to find anywhere else, making this a must-read for those who want to know everything about this series.

I appreciated how well-structured this book was. Many other companion books of this nature hop around from subject to subject as they detail the creation of whatever thing they're covering, but here, it's formatted (more or less) in an episode-by-episode basis, covering topics as they appear within the narrative of the show. It's a great way of formatting such a book and lets readers read behind the scenes secrets of the episodes they just watched as they can pretty easily tell when the subject switches to something that hasn't occurred yet. That being said, I wouldn't read this until you've seen the series as it does contain some spoilers for the show and how it differs from the novel.

I don't often talk about the physical aspects of a book - as I'm typically an ebook reader - but with this one, I must. It's simply a gorgeous book. It's bound very well - though slightly tighter than I'd prefer - which makes it very easy to lay on a table and read. It's very big, which does make it a bit hard to hold but it's no worse than holding a textbook (and weighs a bit less than an average textbook). And, best of all, are the pages themselves. They're thick, glossy pages that reproduce color remarkably well. It feels like a very high-quality book which, for the price, is pretty impressive.

Overall, The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion is an excellent companion book to an excellent TV series. It's filled with a massive amount of information, lots of wonderful photos, and a ton of revealing interviews, all bound together in a beautiful book. It's a must-read for fans of the series and I absolutely recommend it. ( )
  thoroughlyme | Apr 23, 2021 |
A beautiful book with gorgeous photographs and artwork. A fabulous addition to Good Omens landscape. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Dec 23, 2020 |
I absolutely loved the recent Amazon TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens. And what do I do when I absolutely love something? That's right, I buy books about it! So, of course, I had to pick up this companion book, which features a look behind the scenes, including interviews with pretty much everybody both in front of and behind the cameras.

I have to say, the text isn't all that impressive. There's not huge amounts of substance to most of it, and often feels like it's trying to hype the show as much as it is to bring us into the making of it, which just seems totally unnecessary. There are also a lot of little factual inaccuracies, in things like the descriptions of what happens in particular scenes. Nothing glaringly horrible, but it does rather give the impression that the author hadn't actually watched the show. Although that perhaps ought to be forgivable, seeing as the book was almost certainly in the works while the series was still being made, so presumably he actually hadn't had the chance to watch it first.

On the other hand, though, visually and physically the book is really nice. Hell, I'd say it's almost worth it just for the wonderful cover art, but there are also lots and lots of pictures, some of which help give you a really good sense of just how rich and detailed the sets were. Indeed, the parts of the text that I found far and away the most interesting had to do with the set design. The production designer has some fascinating things to say about the visual themes he used on the sets, and his attention to detail is just staggering.

So, while I can't remotely call this a must-have for fans of the show, it was at least worth a look, and I'm sure it's going to look very, very pretty on my bookshelf. ( )
1 ääni bragan | Aug 16, 2019 |
I wasn't wowed by the BBC/Amazon Good Omens adaptation, but one element of it that I enjoyed unreservedly about it was the set/costume design. There are some beautiful behind the scenes photos and glimpses of production art included here, and I enjoyed some of the anecdotes about how various effects were achieved. (They really did burn down the bookshop set, complete with its thousands of books, urk! They really did blow up an actual Bentley!)

When it comes to the interviews with the cast, however, there's not much here that's not going to appear in any standard newspaper piece that draws heavily on press releases. It's all very glossy and polished, but it's also clear despite the author's rhapsodying about the performances that this book was written well before production on the show was finished. ( )
  siriaeve | Aug 15, 2019 |
I read the Good Omens novel only a few weeks before watching the Amazon-BBC miniseries. I enjoyed the novel, and absolutely LOVED the show. With co-author Neil Gaiman as showrunner, a brilliant cast and a dedicated director, the show perfectly captured the spirit of the novel. It had new material to surprise long-time fans, but much of the original story as well. I enjoyed it so much that I ordered this companion book as soon as I discovered it.

The book provides a lot of context for the show, including concept art and abundant information about the adaptation process. There’s also some historical background on previous attempts to adapt the material and an exploration of the filmmaking process (location, casting, special effects). One running theme throughout was the desire of Gaiman, and by extension all the filmmakers, to honor Terry Patchett. In addition to his famous fedora and many of his books in Aziraphael’s shop, Gaiman took extra pains to ensure the parts of the novel that were distinctly Terry’s made it into the adaptation- such as Agnes Nutter. Moreover, there are several heartwarming anecdotes about the friendship between the two authors.

However, the best parts for me were when the book addressed the changes from the novel to the screen. Episode three’s unusually long precredit sequence is once such instance and Gaiman goes into detail about why he created it for the show. As a screenwriter, he is keenly aware of the differences between the two mediums and what audiences need from each.

Overall, this is an excellent tie-in for fans of the show and novel. It’s a beautiful book, with many behind the scenes pictures, artwork and interviews. Highly recommended. ( )
  jshillingford | Jul 13, 2019 |
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The ultimate TV companion book to Good Omens, a massive new television launch on Amazon Prime Video and the BBC, written and show-run by Neil Gaiman and adapted from the internationally beloved novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. '[It was] absurdly good fun...Terry charged Neil with getting it made, almost as his deathbed wish, so it's a real labour of love' - David Tennant In the beginning there was a book written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman about the forces of good and evil coming together to prevent the apocalypse, scheduled to happen on a Saturday just after tea. Now, that internationally beloved novel has been transformed into six hour-long episodes of some of the most creative and ambitious television ever made. Written and show-run by Neil Gaiman and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, this BBC Studios creation brings Good Omens spectacularly to life, through a cast that includes David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson, Josie Lawrence, Derek Jacobi, Nick Offerman, Jack Whitehall and Adria Arjona. Keep calm, because The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion is your ultimate guide to navigating Armageddon. Through character profiles and in-depth interviews with the stars and the crew, stunning behind-the-scenes and stills photography of the cast and locations, and a fascinating insight into costume boards and set designs, you will discover the feats of creativity and mind-boggling techniques that have gone into bringing an angel, a demon, and the Antichrist to the screens of people everywhere. This book will take you inside the world of Heaven and Hell (and Tadfield) and is set to shatter coffee tables around the world.

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