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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; First printing & printing in this form edition (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575082275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575082274
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,495 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 whimsically dense sing-song patter reads like Douglas Adams crossed with Aaron Sorkin by way of Mother Goose." " --Entertainment Weekly" on "The Witches of Chiswick"

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The biggest conspiracy theory book in the world, ever! Now slightly smaller because its in paperback!

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Danny on 24 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I like Robert Rankin. I have read all his books. Some are better than others, but most are pretty good.

I think the title of this book put me off. However, the Da-da-de-da-da in the title doesn't refer to a stutterer trying to say "da Vinci", or anything so blatant. Instead it refers to a snatch of a rhythm. Think along the lines of Waltzing Matilda da da de da da and you will get what I mean.

To be honest, I could type anything here and it wouldn't really give the plot away. You could take a middle chapter out of this book and plonk it into the middle of A Dog Called Demolition, or Sprout Mask Replica (to name but a few) and I don't think you would notice the difference.

Quick summary: its in modern times, based in London, none of the Brentford mob are in it, nor Rune. Weird stuff happens. Elvis makes a brief appearance and Baz gets a mention, but nothing more (we want more Baz!)

But, yet again, in the last few pages of the book, it all gets wrapped up. At times I was quite frustrated reading this book. It was going round and round in circles and I was ready to move on with the story but it just wouldn't budge.

But, at the end, I have to say, good job done. I think I will read it again to fill in the holes, and get some of the subtler jokes I missed the first time round. It was a neat ending which left me feelng "Aw, I wanted that to go on." Can't say fairer than that.

Incidently, the hardback version comes with a CD and it is worth getting a copy for the CD alone. There is some very strange stuff on it (surprise surprise) but hearing Rankin singing the Apocalypse Blues is not to be missed. Thank God we have in Rankin an author who is as weird as his image portrays. I'm fed up with getting into an author only to hear them being interviewed or whatever and thinking "Blimey, what a dork." (Terry Pratchet fans will know what I am talking about, arf! arf!) Rankin's blues are not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray Blake VINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2008
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I've been a Rankin fan ever since I read 'The Antipope' in the 1980s, and I've got everything he's written, mostly first editions. Until now, I've never had a problem recommending any of his books to people who enjoy humorous writing. But this one doesn't deliver the Rankin magic, somehow. It's all there - the heroic hero, the strangely formal dialogue, the wacky wander through alternative history, the end of the world, the rock and roll, the running gags...

Like a cake that didn't rise properly, this has all the right ingredients, but somehow the whole conspires to be less than the sum of its parts. I think my biggest criticism is the problems with plot and continuity that Rankin self-referentially turns into jokes. Once or twice in a book, this is charming and makes you feel you're being let in on a secret joke. When it's done every chapter, it feels like lazy plotting, or a wish to avoid extensive redrafting.

Of course, no Rankin is write off and there is much here to celebrate and chortle at. But it's a pale substitute for one of the Rankin 'Golden Age' novels.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2008
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latest novel from robert rankin, a writer best described as the english spike milligan. his novels are real world set, usually in brentford, and are highly inventive comic fantasies.

If you've never encountered his work before then this isn't probably the best place to start, as whilst you could get into it quite easily some recurring characters and themes do crop up. start instead with his novel the antipope, which is a good book to see whether or not his style is for you.

the book is about jonny hooker, a young man living in london who still has an imaginary friend despite being 27, as the friend refuses to go away. he gets a flyer saying he's won a competetion. investigating this further leads him into a tangled web of conspiraces, secret societies, celebrities, time travelling sprouts, and murder.

the usual rankin style, then.

whilst this does go over old ground to some extent, it's a return to form after two rather disappointing novels. funny, surreal, fourth wall breaking, and with lots of very interesting trivia, it's a fun read if you're a long term fan of his work up to his normal standard.

the book runs for 345 pages, and ends with a short note listing how to download music by robert rankin that acts as a soundtrack to it.
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Once again Mr Rankin hits the spot for me. His humor never flags and I find him one of the very few people who can make me laugh out loud in an empty room. Be careful if you read it in public places!! Robert Rankin has a humor all of his own and creates little bombs of mirth that explode inside your mind. I not only recommend this book, but all of his works. give yourself a laugh, you know your worth it,
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By gladys stovies on 31 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Given the title, I'm not sure if this was at least partly a parody of The Da Vinci Code. If so, having never read TDVC there were probably several jokes that I didn't get. That apart I found this a bit of a return to form for Rankin. Glad to see he's moved away from the tired old Brentford formula. His previous attempt to do so with The Brightonomicon was poor, but this is far better.

(Un)fortunately I didn't get the CD with mine. Having followed the links at the end of the book to various sites to hear some individual tracks I can truly say I missed nothing.
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