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Armageddon: The Musical (Armageddon Trilogy Book 1)

Armageddon: The Musical (Armageddon Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Rankin
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Product Description


"'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)

Book Description

The first book in the Armageddon series.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Far Fetched Books (13 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007U7U5XS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
Snuff Fiction
Web Site Story
The Fandom of the Operator
The Da-da-de-da-da Code

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We're all going to Die..... (of laughter) 1 July 2002
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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Introduction 13 Aug 2004
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 16 April 2012
By Gordon
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
5.0 out of 5 stars top notch 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't understand the other poor reviews 26 Aug 2004
By A Customer
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By khisanth VINE VOICE
If you've read the Brentford tomes, this is a nice change. I was a bit doubtful at first when I started reading this, but I was gradually drawn in and it really is rather good. Mr Rankin's in jokes and running gags make you feel at home with all of his books really, it's tradition an old charter or something. I can't wait to read the next book,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 16 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mr. Rankin is a fine author and a true gentleman. If you haven't read his books then you should.
The more you read the better they get and they start out fantastic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It never gets stale
Robert Rankin is a God send. Funny and clever at the same time and in equal measure. I love this book, the sequels and the very undeniably titled Brentford trilogy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nodoid
3.0 out of 5 stars long hard read
one of those books where you keep reading as you think/hope its going to get better then you realize there is only 2 chapters left so you may as well finish it
Published 5 months ago by Mr F Pine
5.0 out of 5 stars Dunno
Awoke about 8.30. Woke up few times in night but went back to sleep.
Had egg on toast for breakfast . Carried on cleaning house v dusty.
Published 6 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars word smithery from the master!!!
One of the masters best Barry the travelling time sprout!!! My favourite character in his books!!! Funny biting mischievous cheek in tongue everything I love and adore about... Read more
Published 7 months ago by william t payne
5.0 out of 5 stars The new good word
Comedy gilt! I had forgotten how good this book was(I'd read the print version a decade ago) and will now have to find the other two.Christmas vouchers for the use of.
Published 9 months ago by gary Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Barking Clever!
If you are a fan of Mr Rankin's "Brentford" trilogy, you will love this one too! Think "Bladerunner" after too many pints of Large in the Flying Swan. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A great novel but a cheap cash-in on Kindle
I am a massive fan of Rankin but have a rather spotty collection, as I was lucky enough to have a local library that stocked many of his books. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. James Sanderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Elvis, and Barry the sprout. Robert Rankin is one of those authors who can make you laugh out loud. What will the rest of the trilogy bring
Published 12 months ago by ron
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUNNY NONSENSE
I have read a few of Robert Rankin's books, but this is by far the craziest and most irreverent piece of writing i have come across, from anyone. Read more
Published 14 months ago by grant mcnicol
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start but gets better with every page !
This sets the scene for the Armageddon trilogy which, like all Robert Rankin's works have a surreal sense of the more bizzare side of 'the Dark'. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MRS V A COOK and MR BERNARD COOK
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