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The Brentford Triangle (Brentford Trilogy) [Paperback]

Robert Rankin
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13 Aug 1992 Brentford Trilogy (Book 2)

'Omally groaned. "It is the end of mankind as we know it. I should never have got up so early today" and all over Brentford electrical appliances were beginning to fail...'

Could it be that Pooley and Omally, whilst engaged on a round of allotment golf, mistook laser-operated gravitational landing beams for the malignant work of Brentford Council?

Does the Captain Laser Alien Attack machine in the bar of the Swan possess more sinister force than its magnetic appeal for youths with green hair?

Is Brentford the first base in an alien onslaught on planet Earth?

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (13 Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552138428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552138420
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,425 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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"'A born writer...Robert Rankin is to Brentford what William Faulkner was to Yoknapatawpha County'" (Time Out)

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The second book in the legendary Brentford trilogy.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking yarn 10 Nov 2006
A reviewer of Flann O'Brien's 'Third Policeman' claimed that O'Brien fans would love Rankin, but that Rankin fans would merely be interested in O'Brien - or words to that effect. I can see where this is coming from - the Rankin style, replete with bizarre inventions and crazy goings-on in an otherwise normal world, is so close to O'Brien's as to be considered a bed-partner. However, the two are not to be confused. 'Triangle' is a truly cracking yarn, with some wonderfully developed characters and a crisp control of narrative rhythm. The dialogue is exquisite, each line seemingly laden with delicious fruits of wordsmithery. Indeed, Rankin provides such an entertaining read that I'm astonished he's not better known - where's the promotion?! I would heartily recommend The Brentford Triangle to anyone who wants to become immersed in a world of gothic tomfoolery. That said, my ultimate loyalty still remains with O'Brien. The stupendous twist at the end of 'Policeman', along with the existential questions it poses, is the kind of thing entirely lacking in Rankin's work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The plot thickens 14 Jan 2005
The second instalment in the now 5 book series.
I read this book far more easily and felt more immersed in it than the first. I think that is because I spent a long time in the first book trying to get a grip on each of the characters, each with their oh so normal traits, which are twisted to make them extraordinarily interesting. In this book I could go along with the story instead of concentrating on recognising who is who. (Though I still have trouble separating Omally and Pooley, they seem to merge into one distorted combination of weirdo's!)
The story is once again down to earth in Brentford, dealing with people you could pass in the street, but who are doing the most fantastic things. At least three stories seem to run through this book and it was a little way in before I managed to assess which was the main one! Though they twist and turn like they belong together. On one hand we have a new craze for the golf fanatics being played out in allotment Brentford, we have an extraterrestrial plot to take the Earth as a new home world and we have a crazy man who claims to have found some of Gods treasures.
All of it fantastic. I rarely laugh out loud at books, but towards the end I couldn't help it - this one really hit the spot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 17 July 2010
I love Robert Rankin's novels and the Brentford Triangle does not disappoint. His stories and characters are engaging from start to finish as well as hilarious. It is so well written and has me laughing out loud. If you have never read any of his books you must start today!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still holding it's own 31 Aug 2007
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
The Brentford Triangle is a stand-alone entry in to the myriad of novels that Rankin has centered around Brentford. The series hasn't really evolved much. They are still full of running gags, wry humour, clever prose and a multitude of oddball characters. The central characters are no stereotypical heroes, if anything their adventures happen to them, which of course is the lure of Rankin's work. The plot in Triangle is absurd, the action incredulous and it's a short enough read to keep it punchy. It's not as clever as later entries, but it's definitely worth a read, if you've any or none of Rankin's work you'll still enjoy this wacky, but not slapstick book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Omally and Pooley Better Than Ever 9 Feb 2000
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Robert Rankin's delirious humor is as sharp as ever in this second book of the five book Brentford Trilogy. Space aliens, video games, golf, and excorcism are all a part of this grand rollicking adventure. The influence of Flann O'Brien is not only obvious, it's absoultely fascinating to read the two back-to-back, as I just did. Rankin is arguably the most clever writer of Science Fiction currently writing, and I am looking forward to the day when America finally picks up on this and issues the books over here! If Terry Pratchett can do it...
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