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Kangazang!: Remote Possibilities [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Terry Cooper
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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12 July 2010
Kangazang! tells the story of Earthling Jeff Spooner and his alien barber, Ray Scump, as they search for the fabled Universal Remote Control - avoiding danger, doom and embarrassing situations as they go.

Aided by two badly programmed robots and an army of warrior Space Hoppers, our heroes dive and try to dodge the biggest threats in the galaxy: Supreme Overlord Kelvin (emperor of Skragg), the terminally depressed Emo people and Queen Shelley (a bald, cannibalistic Amazon who has a score to settle from way back)...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Candy Jar Books; 1st edition (12 July 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0956682618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956682611
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Terry Cooper was born in London in 1969, and moved to Wales in 1980. Training as an artist and illustrator, he has worked for film and TV production companies, providing artwork, storyboards and voiceover work for many years. A two year detour into the world of pop music led to his rap group Best Shot being signed to Warner Music where they toured the UK with East 17 and performed at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party in Wembley Arena in 1994. In 2003, he embarked on a degree course in Computer Animation at Glamorgan University, and since completing it, he has formed an animation company called Strangetown Animation, based in Cardiff. He has two children, a spacehopper, and a phobia of dogs.


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"Kangazang! was a delight. I found it funny and sly and sometimes laugh out loud funny." --Philip Palmer - Writer, The Bill, Rebus

"An intelligent, yet casual approach to the genre which hasn't been seen since Douglas Adams." --Tonya Kay - from TV's "Who wants to be a superhero?"

"Kangazang! is inventive, intriguing, and truly comic. As a first novel, it is a remarkable piece of work."
--Neil Kinnock, MP --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

Kangazang! is a laugh-a-minute intergalactic road trip with a large dose of 1980s nostalgia. It taps into the current thirst for British sci-fi like Doctor Who but, in doing so, pushes the boundaries forward. Terry's writing style really captures the unique humour that has made Douglas Adams' or Terry Pratchett's books so popular.

Recently, the novel has been recorded as a four disc audiobook, narrated by former Doctor Who Colin Baker, and starring Welsh actress Claire Cage, (Torchwood, Sherlock, Wire in the Blood, Casualty).

With the book attracting a drove of avid followers including the celebrity Doctor, Colin was an obvious choice to front the audio version. In an exclusive interview, Colin discusses his time on Doctor Who, his love of sci-fi and, of course, Kangazang! He said: "Kangazang! coincides with my type of humour. It's a bit undergrad in parts - but it made me laugh and it's got heart. I like all that". --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny sci-fi romp... 9 July 2009
By Y. Nutt
My favourite books are humours sci-fi/fantasy tales, from the likes of Robert Asprin, Terry Pratchett, Harry Harrison etc. I picked this book up and found it a compelling page turner with a few genuine laugh-out-loud moments.
The writing style while compared to Douglas Adams in some circles is definitely not an attempt at toadying plagiarism. Terry Cooper has put together his own style with a healthy nod to Mr Adams... `Inspired by' does not necessarily equate to `Copy of'.

If you have ever wanted to find out how a hair-dresser and a painter/decorator could end up on an alien planet fighting in nappies, falling in love with robots and putting an end to `Emos', then this is most definitely the book for you.
With plenty of 70's and 80's references from TV, film and music it will have you having little nostalgia bursts during chapter breaks.

I hear a sequel is being penned; I will be buying a copy the moment it's released...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ptang Yang Kangazang 26 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
This barmily brilliant audio adventure featuring the vocal talents of Sixth Doctor Who Colin Baker is somewhat like a cross between Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy and one of the more surreal Doctor Who serials from the late 1970s.
Baker narrates the tale of everyman Jeff Spooner and his cosmic capers as he gets caught-up in the strange life of seemingly ordinary barber Ray and his spaceship made of hair cuttings. This is just the tip of a crazy iceberg, and Baker is clearly having a whale of a time with Terry Cooper's bonkers script.
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5.0 out of 5 stars most promising new author 29 Sep 2010
overall a fantasic experience, picked up the 2010 printing at a sci fi convention recently and read it by the following afternoon, great story i will be rereading a good few times. cant wait for the next book to be released and delighted to have discovered another good comic sci fi/fantasy author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy Fiction 29 Mar 2013
By Cred
Format:Kindle Edition
A very clever and witty book. Similar in tone to THGTTG. Thoroughly enjoyable throughout. Looking forward to book 2 now...!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 21 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
The author of this story has obviously read Douglas Adams. For anyone else who has also read Douglas Adams, prepare to be disappointed. Despite the derivative nature of this story, its author simply can't compete. It's pretty juvenile but most of the attempted humour fell flat.
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