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The Brentford Chainstore Massacre (The Brentford Trilogy Book 5) Kindle Edition
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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 Brentford Triangle
East of Ealing
The Sprouts of Wrath
The Brentford Chainstore Massacre
Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls
Knees Up Mother Earth
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
Eddie Bear Novels:
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
The Greatest Show Off Earth
The Garden of Unearthly Delights
A Dog Called Demolition
Nostradamus Ate My Hamster
Web Site Story
The Fandom of the Operator
The Da-da-de-da-da Code
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Top Customer Reviews
Rankin's perennial heroes, Pooley and O'Malley return from wherever it is that they reside whilst not saving the world from imminent descruction by marauding mystical and satanic forces (for non-fans, that place is the Bar Counter of the Flying Swan pub in Brentford).
This time, they wish to put right the wrongs done so long ago, when a medeival monk returning from the vatican with a papal grant of extra days for Brentford, was mugged, and had the decree stolen from him. You see, if Brentofrd gets its days back, they can legally celebrate their millenium early, and get a big grant from the millenium fund.
The books as twisted as usual, implausible in a strangely plausible sort of a way. Rankin is a great genius. Read this book.
Still entertaining but not up to his highest atandards.
This one has it all: a plethora of really great gags (some running, some not), one of the strongest Rankin storylines (i.e. not just a series of sketches slung together, as is all too often the case with Rankin's plots), a range of typically bizarre Fortean-style phenomena, and of course there's the much loved characters of Brentford who are on their finest form.
What's more, though, amongst the silliness there's a touching, almost mature quality to this book, which is quite unlike anything I've ever read in a Rankin novel before. There's almost a sense that this is Robert Rankin for grown-ups, which is not to ridicule the rest of his work but for me it's his most well-rounded and truly intelligent book, as well as having a lot of heart, plus all the wit and weirdness that you'd expect from a Brentford book.
Avoid the nay-sayers. They're just saying 'nay'. This rocks, said a lady in a straw hat.
I'd enjoyed all 4 books so much that, pessimist that I am, I was waiting for the bubble to burst. I would say that with 'Chainstore', though the bubble has defnitiely gone 'pop' it IS still a Brentford book and still worthy of 3 stars.
The plot of the book is as strong and imaginitive as any of the previous four; but the previous reviewer is right on the money when he writes that its handling is, "just too flippant and loose". The book is full of stupid asides, between author and reader, about the book. I got the feeling whilst reading this that Rankin knew the book was way short of the mark, and his self-conscious asides just undermined the story from the word go. When the plot reached a cul-de-sac Rankin would need to rescue it with a conspicuous bodge job, and then he'd joke with the reader with a note to the effect, "I know that bit was ropey but I can't really be bothered". I can't help feeling that a Rankin at the top of his form would have ignored the inconsistencies and ploughed un unabashed - or written a tighter story to start with.
The use of the main characters was poor - with Pooley and Omally being separated for much of the book - most unwise. Rankin also seemed to be attempting to make up for lack of content with really squirmingly corny jokes - he literally lost of the plot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Robert Rankin is a excellent storyteller. All his books are worth checking out!,,,,Published 17 days ago by WH
Another great read from Robert Rankin.something to offend just about everyone along with some of the oldest jokes in the world.Published 7 months ago by paul theriault
Always been a fan of Robert Rankin's work, now able to replace my paperbacks with e-booksPublished 13 months ago by Alan
The Mystery kept all the way through the book. A good read !Published 18 months ago by Judith morris
one of my favourite authors is now on my kindle thank you amazon , cant wait to download the other ebooks by this authorPublished on 29 Nov. 2013 by Ms. Sian Jackson
A very enjoyable read from the talented Mr Rankin, all of your favourites are here and a few new ones tooPublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by Vision 2
As always Robert Rankin gives a jolly good read. Eccentric, very English humour, puns and allusions abound for people of a similar age to Rankin.Published on 19 Aug. 2013 by Mr. Martin Summers
I've been working my way through the series, and you can tell that this was written quite a lot later than the others, it is clearly the same voice but he's concentrated the good... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2013 by Nix
As part of the Brentford Trilogy this story maintains the usual high stantard of the series. A very good rean.Published on 29 Jan. 2013 by Percy Pongo
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