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The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions [Hardcover]

Robert Rankin
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Book Description

9 Sep 2010

The pickled Martian's tentacles are fraying at the ends and Professor Coffin's Most Meritorious Unnatural Attraction (the remains of the original alien autopsy, performed by Sir Frederick Treves at the London Hospital) is no longer drawing the crowds. It's 1895; nearly a decade since Mars invaded Earth, chronicled by H.G. Wells in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. Wrecked Martian spaceships, back-engineered by Charles Babbage and Nikola Tesla, have carried the Queen's Own Electric Fusiliers to the red planet, and Mars is now part of the ever-expanding British Empire.

The less-than-scrupulous sideshow proprietor likes Off-worlders' cash, so he needs a sensational new attraction. Word has reached him of the Japanese Devil Fish Girl; nothing quite like her has ever existed before.

But Professor Coffin's quest to possess the ultimate showman's exhibit is about to cause considerable friction amongst the folk of other planets. Sufficient, in fact, to spark off Worlds War Two.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (9 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575078731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575078734
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,915 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
Snuff Fiction
Web Site Story
The Fandom of the Operator
The Da-da-de-da-da Code

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"Rankin's traditionally in-your-face humour is fully in evidence in "Retromancer", gearing it up to 11 and rarely, if ever, letting go of the reader's attention. We loved it and we suspect that you might too." --"SciFi Now"

Book Description

Robert Rankin's Far-Fetched-Fictional Steampunk sequel to THE WAR OF THE WORLDS!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but a missed opportunity 13 Nov 2010
It is 1895. Ten years have passed since the Martian assault on Earth. The British Empire, 'back-engineering' recovered Martian technology, has conquered Mars with germ warfare and now treats with the denizens of Venus and Jupiter on an equal footing. A great spaceport has been built in London, a vast airship known as the Empress of Mars is touring the world and showing the British flag, and Venusian missionaries are now visiting Earth. With such wonders unfolding, showman Professor Coffin is finding interest in his pickled Martian specimen evaporating. When his zany (sorry, assistant) George Fox is informed that it his destiny to find the mythical Japanese Devil Fish Girl, Coffin sells his worldly possessions to fund an exciting and dangerous round-the-world trip to find his, sorry, their fame and fortune.

The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions: A Novel by Robert Rankin is a humorous semi-sequel to The War of the Worlds and is, very blatantly, an attempt at a 'steampunk epic' (much is made of Rankin's status as the very first Fellow of the Victorian Steampunk Society). Rankin delights in tearing up the timeline, which doesn't mesh very well with either War of the Worlds (which takes place very late in the 19th Century, with references made to a book published in 1893, but here is retconned to 1885) or established history: Charles Babbage and Charles Darwin are both still around, despite having died decades earlier, whilst Adolf Hitler cameos as a young man despite only being six years old in real life at the time. Of course, one doesn't read Rankin for historical accuracy or serious attention to detail. His books are comical romps, sometimes with hints of more interesting things going on.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mad Scientist of Fiction 6 Sep 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
There are very few authors who can creatively write humour into their work and pull it off successfully. Perhaps the best known is Terry Pratchett but after him, you have Tom Holt and of course Robert Rankin. Whilst I'm not the biggest fan of his work as he's been a bit more miss than hit for me, there are moments of pure joy within and in this, his latest offering, I have to say that its perhaps one of his best to date.

Based around the War of the World tale by HG Wells, the author takes this offering one step further, brings characters to life and to be honest pulls it all together in such a mad scientist sort of way that you just have to admit the genius behind it. Add to the great characters, witty as well as appropriate dialogue, some pretty nifty description all binding this offering to the reader and you know that its definitely worth exploring. All hail Rankin, Mad Scientist of fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely amazing as have been all his latest titles. I always thought that he could not get any better -but he does with every latest release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite authors 12 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent ideas put into fascinating tales. Mr. Rankin is an extremely clever writer. Where he gets his ideas is anybody's guess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OH YES! 4 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the first book in a new trilogy by Rankin and I can highly recommend it. Robert Rankin has a huge talent, colossal imagination and a clever and very ready wit. I have read all his books including the two that follow this in the trilogy and find his books highly addictive and very hard to put down. Give yourself a treat, dive in and buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ive took the fish bait 7 July 2011
By Wolfers
ive always intended but never got around to reading Rankin.However i picked up this and Retromancer in hardcover for 1 at a bootsale and my oh my am i hooked.As a big Wells fan it was the premise of War of the Worlds that finally made me take the plunge.Well that and 2 books for a quid!!!Anyway having now read Fish Girl(i had an ex who would fit that name.,phew!!!)i was blown away by the story.funny with a great adventure to boot with hints of Wells Vernes Phineous Fogg all thrown into the pie..a fish pie that is,this is a great read.If you like Pratchett,Fforde then this is for you.I am now reading Brightonomicon,holding off on Retromancer as i believe it to be a sequal to that book but i am now a Rankinite and have a lot of back reading to do.Buy this book and im sure like me you will soon be the gurus guru of everything Rankin.Watch out Amazon my orders will be coming thick and fast!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic 9 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been finding Robert Rankin's book more and more disappointing. It may be that the lad has run out of things to say or that I have grown bored with the format. If you are a new reader, don't start with this book. If you are a seasoned sprout fancier, get it from the library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sci-fi fun 27 Nov 2010
By T. Lane
Format:Kindle Edition
This was my first Robert Rankin novel, and it is fantastic. Beautiful tempo and wonderful in-jokes make a tour-de-force of UK writing.

Also my first Kindle e-book - perfect. I now love love love the kindle!

Worth buying the kindle just for this book in my mind!
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5.0 out of 5 stars glorious
A great return, for me, to the genius of Robert Rankin! He never fails to remind me of the enjoyment of rarely used words to illustrate his delightful and seemingly meandering... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mattie Boy
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmm
Maybe less time on Facebook and more time writing for Mr Rankin... Poor effort from a legend, kind of feel like I have lost 2 days of my life reading it that I can never get back!
Published 27 days ago by Brettster
3.0 out of 5 stars Struggled with this one
I've been reading Rankin for years and love his work. But I really struggled with this book.

It's a great idea for a story and the plot is decent, but the execution and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by The G-Man
4.0 out of 5 stars A good fun read
An exciting roller coaster of a story, gripping to the end. A satisfying predictable ending. A good fun read for everyone.
Published 4 months ago by Judith morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Another great read from Robert Rankin who i enjoy very much. It's the kind of humour that falls flat or you laugh at it's all a matter of taste
Published 13 months ago by ron
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Robert Rankin
He's very imaginative and the story holds your interest till the very end. Just when you think it's over, there's more!
Published 15 months ago by KShopper
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Rankin you will like this
Cross between a typical Robert Rankin and travelogue :-) I enjoyed this more than I have some of his other recent works.
Published 15 months ago by Skad
4.0 out of 5 stars Rankin Back on Form
I do like Robert Rankin's books but do agree with several of the other comments that the standard of his writing can be a bit hit and miss. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by D4Duck
2.0 out of 5 stars steampunk loses it gas
the japanese devil fish girl by robert rankin his 32nd novel a comic fantasy set in an alternative victorian england after the martian invasion despite a promising start - a young... Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2011 by mark1000
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