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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (25 April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552136816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552136815
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Rankin describes himself as a teller of tall tales. The Morning Star describes him as 'The Master of Silliness', and his publisher describes him as The Master of Far Fetched Fiction. He is the author of more than thirty novels, of which he has sold millions of copies, and he is published - and making people laugh - around the world.

Despite his remarkable publishing success, Robert has never taken himself too seriously. He loves going on tour, signing books for readers, and his appearances at signings and conventions are legendary, often including a stand-up routine, a song (accompanied by his 'air-ukulele'), and an always-entertaining question-and-answer session. Robert Rankin is a great entertainer, whether in person or through his novels, with wit, humour and an incredible personal warmth.

But that's not all! In addition to being a talented writer, comedian and musician, he's also an incredible artist . . . so incredible, that he creates his own stunning book covers.

Reading his books can and will inspire you, scare you, thrill you and, above all, entertain you. His novels are an outlet for the soul, and food for the imagination.


The Brentford Trilogy:

The Antipope
The Brentford Triangle
East of Ealing
The Sprouts of Wrath
The Brentford Chainstore Massacre
Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls
Knees Up Mother Earth
The Brightonomicon

The Armageddon Trilogy:

Armageddon: The Musical
They Came and Ate Us
The Suburban Book of the Dead

Cornelius Murphy Novels:

The Book of Ultimate Truths
Raiders of the Lost Car Park
The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived

The Trilogy That Dare Not Speak Its Name:

Sprout Mask Replica
The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag
Waiting for Godalming

The Witches Trilogy:

The Witches of Chiswick
Knees Up Mother Earth
The Brightonomicon

Eddie Bear Novels:

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
The Toyminator

Standalone Novels:

The Greatest Show Off Earth
The Garden of Unearthly Delights
A Dog Called Demolition
Nostradamus Ate My Hamster
Apocalypso
Snuff Fiction
Web Site Story
The Fandom of the Operator
The Da-da-de-da-da Code
Necrophenia

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"'One of the rare guys who can always make me laugh'" (Terry Pratchett)

"'To the top-selling ranks of humorists such as Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, let us welcome Mr Rankin'" (Tom Hutchinson The Times)

"'He crams enough gags into Armageddon the Musical to last anyone else for a trilogy. And nothing's sacred. So buy this quick, before he ends up sleeping in Salman Rushdie's spare bedroom'" (Terry Pratchett)

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The first book in the Armageddon series.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "malpacinoooo" on 1 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the first of the three Armageddon books, and the first dose of Rankin that I ever had, and what a way to start! Elvis time-travelling, Rex trying to avoid capture, and the now immortal Barry the Time Sprout.
The book is set in 2050 when the "Big Three" religions/television stations rule the world, the only way to earn money is to watch TV all day. Idealic as it sounds there is a down side to this world, the whole planet is radioactive after the "Nuclear Holocaust Event".
As an added spin on the whole surreal story it is revealed that in space we are not alone and further more they have been watching us, not with camaras but with plants that beam everything we do to their home world. As another twist in this tale "Earthers" is the highest rated show in the universe. But with viewers starting to stray the executives have one final publicity stunt up there sleeves, the total distruction of Earth!
This is a throughly funny book and should tickle most people in some strange places!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aceadrian on 13 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
A very very strange world, but a slightly worrying one, that is to say. Somewhere in the back of my mind I imagined it could be true, or at least, that parts of it had the potential to become reality!
A terrible thing happened to the earth creating, as they very often do, the opportunity for some indivduals to grasp massive power over the downtrodden individuals of the world. Our hero is one of them, he gets a break and gets sent on a string of adventures allowing us to learn more and more about this world.
he even gets to canoodle with the daughter of the almighty! Not many of us can claim that on our CV's!
I was riveted to this read all the way though and finished it, put it down, had a drink and started the second one.
If you like Rankin and you have an imagination then you should enjoy this story. If you cant cope with the world being turned upside down and being forced to believe Rankins weirdness, I would give it a miss!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Price on 29 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I first read this book many, many years ago (early 90's) and it was my first intro to Rankin (I liked the cover...shame as I hate the last two incarnations, but that's just me), since then I have realised he has done better, but this one got me hooked.

Yes, the plot is random (in fairness there is a rough strucutre, just lots of randomness hung onto it) and it is silly, but it's very funny and the randomness is tied into the story (i.e. if there is a talking dog it does have some impact on what happens, it's not just 'Oh look, there's a talking dog!')

Comparisons with Adams, Pratchett et all are fair enough, but people have to realise they are not the same Authors...they are different, as such the hunmour and style will be different and just becasue you like one author you won't necessarily like the other. So don't complain if you read this and don't think it is as good as Adams. I personally must be the only sci-fi fan that loves Rankin and Pratchett, but thinks Hitchikers is dull and too random (there they do seem to have, Oh look a giant rabbit etc). I don't this book is as good as some of Rankin's other work, but I still think it's a great book.

Which brings me to my next point. In my opinion one of the beauties (and curses) of Rankin is that he does vary his work so much, this is a completely different style to the Brentford triology (which I prefered) and his recent work it totally different again. Personally I think that's great, cos you keep getting new stuff, but it might mean that some people are disapointed as they were expecting what they got before. In contrast Pratchett tends to deliver very good books, but in similar settings/styles so people get comforabel with what they know and are very rarely disapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philatron on 16 April 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first Robert Rankin book i have read and it definitely wont be my last. I literally couldn't put it down. I had tears in my eyes with laughter at multiple points and i can't wait to get on to the next book. RANKIN FOR MAYOR!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gordon on 16 April 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
When I first read this book, I was on a dreary train on a dreary commute into London to work in a dreary job. Ten minutes into the journey I burst out laughing, much to the disdain of my fellow sardines. I laughed so much that upon my arrival at dreary Waterloo I was met by a number of large gentlemen in long white coats.

Thank you Robert Rankin for not being dreary.

Oh, yeh. The book ... Elvis Presley, the Dalai Lama and a time travelling brussel sprout called Barry. What's not to like?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 April 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
hilarious as are all his books, after you have read this trilogy may i recommend hollow chocolate bunnies as it was my first Mr R Rankin book and it opened me up to far fetched fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
I've read almost all Pratchett and Adams etc and maybe 10 or so Rankin novels and I just don't understand how fans of TP and the late DA don't find this side splittingly funny. It's rare I laugh out loud reading no matter how good the book is but RR seems to manage it regularly. Admittedly there is a lot of jumping around plots and characters but this is not unusual for the genre. My advice is buy this and then the two sequels although I reckon this is slightly better.
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