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Sprout Mask Replica (Completely Barking Mad Trilogy Book 1)

Sprout Mask Replica (Completely Barking Mad Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Rankin
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Product Description


"'Stark raving genius'" (The Times)

"'He does for England what Spike Milligan does for Ireland. There can be no higher praise'" (John Clute Mail on Sunday)

Book Description

The compelling story of a family of fervent God-botherers which may or may not be a family memoir and is certainly full of tall tales.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Far Fetched Books (24 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008P0BAV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,459 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The culmination of a life's work (sort of) 11 July 2001
First up, this isn't the book to start reading Rankin with. It's got so many references to earlier books, that wouldn't be doing it justice. This should have been his final novel; it draws together many of the earlier plotlines, and pretty much all the expected running gags, into a (slightly warped) whole. Yet at the same time, it manages to throw in enough short stories and new ideas to make the book stand on its own as one of his best. Yes, there are poems (unfortunately), but they're much better than in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. There's even a pretty good one about a devil-possessed matchbox. This and the Voodoo Handbag are the capstone of the sprout-powered great pyramid of Brentford. Or the chromium-plated mouthpiece of the megaphone of destiny. Of course.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His maddest yet� 9 Jan 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Robert Rankin's 15th novel shares the same stylistic feel as A Dog Called Demolition, with its central plot intersected by a number of (occasionally related) tall tales and bad poetry. If anything though it's even madder than that quite insane book, and is quite possibly the looniest bit of nonsense that Rankin has written thus far.
The story proper is presented as Rankin's fictional autobiography, with the author blessed (or cursed) with the ability to control Chaos Theory, so that by making small actions he can make great changes to the world. Running parallel to this is the even more bonkers story of a sporran infested by a race of sentient sprouts attempting to take over humanity. While this is a stand alone novel its general level of insanity coupled with a number of recurring characters (Pooley and Omally and most of the rest of the 'Brentford' regulars, Barry the Sprout from the Armageddon Trilogy, and Sir John Rimmer, Dr Harney and Danbury Collins the psychic youth from The Garden of Unearthly Delights to name a few) makes this less suitable for the Rankin novice, who may mistake this as a pile of gibberish.
For confirmed addicts though, this is gloriously deranged stuff. Some good concepts and tall stories coupled with some great comedy moments, it's Rankin at his most undisciplined and free flowing, but madness of this level is tantamount to genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusingly Scary 22 April 2003
By Sheep
These two words about sum up this great work by one of my personal favourite authors: amusingly scary. Full to the brim with parodies, humour and twisty storylines, Sprout Mask Replica is a brilliant book for Rankin veterans and new-comers alike.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most inanely funny book I have ever read. 26 Dec 2000
This is the story of a teenager who finds that he has the power to change the price of beef in New Zealand by rotating his chair, because he is the magical, mythical, metaphorical butterfly of Chaos Theory. But what is this? Rankin's autobiography? He claims it's not, but who, having read any of his other books, is going to believe that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars ? 26 Feb 2014
By Paul
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Do not remember downloading this I must have been drunk, have not read it yet, must make an effort after this glass of wine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sprout Mask Replica 3 Dec 2013
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Another fine book by the Master of British Humour.

If one ever wants to sample British Humour at it's barking Mad Best, then This Author (Robert Rankin) is the one for you!

Yet another superb masterpiece of the Running gag, irreverence, and pure genius. Well done Robert Rankin,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 12 Oct 2013
By ron
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If you don't like Rankin you should. These are crazy books with references to other books and characters, Really well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barking Mad is About Right 30 July 2013
By T. Judd
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Haven't finished it yet but it is spot on my (slightly Milliganesque ) sense of humour. Anyone who has read Puckoon will know what I mean.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Eminently chortleworthy
I'm terribly glad I read this book properly instead of yielding to my usual habit of skim-reading - it contains so many little one-liners that made me chuckle out loud. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jane Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable as a sprout called Barry
I am never disappointed by Robert Rankin, especially when Barry show up. A wonderful read, as always. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Chris Davison
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally, brilliantly, absolutely nuts!
Robert Rankin....need I say more? Well, yes, I probably do, although "need" might be over-egging the minister!
It is brilliant. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tony G
5.0 out of 5 stars It's an absolute joy
I am stil reading this book and I absolutely love it! Roberts childhood memories coincide a lot with mine so it was nostalgic as well as funny. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ali salmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Madly creative.
Robert Rankin is the master of far fetched fetched fiction.
Read this brilliant book, i promise you will not regret it.
Published 18 months ago by jerryjay
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the spot every time !
Captain Beefheart & Frank Zappa (wherever they are in the Cosmos now) would be enthralled by this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MRS V A COOK and MR BERNARD COOK
5.0 out of 5 stars High Rankin !
I've been a fan of Mr Rankin for a long time. He is a non-pharmaceutical cure if you're a bit down. He should be prime minister !
Published 18 months ago by mrs lynda saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Shuttleworth
Another really good yarn by Robert Rankin, packed with humour. mind curling fiction at its best.
Published on 8 Nov 2009 by Mr. G. Shuttleworth
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