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The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age: A Novel (Japanese Devil Fish Girl Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Rankin
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Colonel Katterfelto has lately returned to London. He departed America under something of a cloud ... of smoke, issuing from his Spiritual Laboratory, which the townsfolk of Wormcast, Arizona, marched upon with their flaming torches. This catastrophic conflagration caused considerable concern to the pious colonel, who had been engaged in the creation of 'Heaven's last and best gift to Mankind', The Mechanical Messiah. And he was, after all, being guided in this Great Work by holy angels, communicating to him through his monkey butler, Darwin. It is 1897, twelve years since The War of the Worlds and two since Worlds War Two*. The British Empire encompasses Mars, and an uneasy peace exists between the peoples of Venus, Jupiter and Earth. In London there are many marvels of the modern age to be experienced. Amongst these is The Electric Alhambra Music Hall, where crowds thrill to The Earl Grey Whistle Test, a musical extravaganza featuring such top turns as Hayward's Acrobatic Kiwis, The Travelling Formbys and the newly-arrived Colonel Katterfelto's Clockwork Minstrels. But all is far from well in old Whitechapel, where a monster is once more abroad in the night-time streets, committing hideous acts of murder. Can this be the return of Jack the Ripper, or has something altogether unearthly materialised to spread fear, panic and mayhem? Something Hellishly evil?

Famed consulting detective Cameron Bell is already on the case, but it may take nothing less than the New Messiah Himself to save London, The Empire and all of the solar system from the impending apocalypse!

'Stark raving genius' Observer

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"It's easy to see why Rankin has a huge cult following. Drawing on a rich vein of English humour that encompasses Python, Adams and Stanshall, his comedy-fantasies are filled with pop culture references, music hall wordplay and ironic quips galore." --"BBC FOCUS" on "The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions"

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Another wild and wacky adventure from the Master of Far Fetched Fiction!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2209 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I4WAZQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,625 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagination of the highest standard 8 Oct. 2011
Having read all of Robert Rankin's books I am always struck by how boundless is his imagination and at the same time wondering if he will be able to maintain this imaginative flow. The risk and I suspect nightmare for most authors is that they become formulaic with each book the same as the last. Not so with Mr Rankin and this latest episode in an alternate view of Victorian Britain is testimony to that fact that his imagination is still bubbling away. True the underlying theme, as with so many of his books, is Good versus Evil but the it's the "how" it's presented differentiates each book from its predecessor; the "Mechanical Messiah......" is no exception. As I read it it, the detail conjured up visions of this alternate view that no picture could do justice. The humour as always is clever and quirky and characters well defined.
For anyone who is not acquainted with this author and this genre of far-fetched fiction I'd urge you to give him a try; you'd certainly be surprised and I hope entertained.
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By Beanz
Whilst it may be a little early to describe this as the pinnacle of Robert Rankins career, it is an exceptional achievement. A sequel to the "Japanese devil fish girl" it may be, but it does stand alone and works as a self contained novel.The Victorian steam-punk style is a natural fit for Rankin whose characters often flit thru time and have a penchant for the traditional, eccentric and old fashioned. It is surprisingly moving in parts and the relationship between Colonel Katterfelto and Darwin, Alice and Bell are very well executed.The clever ruse employed of inserting song titles and famous quotes amongst the text is much less gimmicky than it sounds and feels more like homage than a way to win a bet with unlikely insertions. The ending feels a little rushed but really that is just nitpicking and i can thoroughly recommend this book to Rankin fans and new readers alike. If you like Douglas Adams,Pratchett,in fact any surreal,satirical,fantasy based humour you should love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination supreme. 25 Oct. 2011
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Once again Robert Rankin has produced a novel using his superb imagination and far fetched intuition. Each of his books, to me, is a masterpiece in its own right and how he can keep giving us these jewels time and time again, seemingly without effort, is simply staggering. 'The Mechanical Messiah' takes you through a torrent of bizarre events with uniquely eccentric characters and humour by the bucket load. A very rich book I can strongly recommend to all who like to relax their minds in mirth and fantasy. The concoction of a master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Rankin Book review 14 Dec. 2012
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Needed this book to complete the 3 so far written in this series. Have just read all 3 and it was all I hoped, and more! Robert Rankin discribes his genre as Far Fetched Fiction. It is fantasy, humour and total escapism! I now have every book he has written, so you can see that I am a bit of a fan. Met the author at a book signing last month, and he is just as eccentric as his stories. We need more larger than life characters in this increasingly mundane world.
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The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age - transports you by industrial revoluntionary devises of science fiction boffinery to a new world populated by well loved Victorian Dickensian characters both fiction and factual - thrown together in an adventure that is off this planet - to solve the mistery of life the universe and who zapped hurty finger!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab & groovy! 5 Jan. 2013
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Robert Rankin rocks! I'm a massive fan of a load of old toot and loved the steampunk aspect of this book, would recommend to anyone with an imagination and a daft sense of humour. Cheers Rob for another good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rankin back on form 12 Jan. 2012
By F Barny
This latest book from Rankin has to be one of his best, if you have read any of his books you'll understand the format. Set in Steam Punk style view of history with Roberts own twist on history. Genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rankin 24 Aug. 2012
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The man is insane loved it, Victorian technology, brilliant characters Jules Verne on acid. More and more please Mr Rankin. It is up there with Brentford
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift.
Bought as a gift for my dad - he enjoyed reading it.
Published 1 month ago by wightrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
I love Robert rankin books. I'll look forward to reading this. Quick delivery nice condition.
Published 1 month ago by Pi Jesney
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous escapism.
Wonderful. I laughed my socks off.
Very cleverly crafted, hilarious characters in surreal situations.
The author is an utter genius, or a total fruit loop.
Published 8 months ago by Lady Harkle Farkle
4.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Robert Rankin
Expect the unexpected and modern day references from Mr Rankin. Fantastic ideas and characters but it got a bit predictable at times it still made me chuckle along most of the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ANNETTE FULLER
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mechanical Messiah - Robert Rankin
What can I say, if you love this author, you'll love this book - A journey of thrills, puns, fantasy exploring. If you've not read Mr Rankin's book's - why not? Would recommmend
Published 19 months ago by Jo Blackmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant!
There is such a thing as brilliance when it comes to writing and this is it.

This fantasy novel is marvellously written and a real delight to read. Read more
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Published 21 months ago by jack bristow
5.0 out of 5 stars Mans a Genius!
Rankin's back catalogue must have more peaks than a politician discussing expenses on a lie detector! And this just adds to it more. Clever, funny and always insanely original.... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars steampunk at its ---unusual !!! best
Rankin at his usual pace, with twists to catch you unawares.If you have not read any Rankin beforeread this one
Published 22 months ago by munchkin
5.0 out of 5 stars this man is amazing
I have always been a Rankin fan but his steam punk series is sublime. Victorian techno-gothic wonders fill the pages with his usual wit and fanciful words. a cultural classic.
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