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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (5 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552142115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552142113
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,730 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
Apocalypso
Snuff Fiction
Web Site Story
The Fandom of the Operator
The Da-da-de-da-da Code
Necrophenia

Product Description

Book Description

The latest madcap fantasy adventure by the author of the now legendary Brentford Trilogy.

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If your taste is for a tender romance, taut with passion and desire, love and betrayal, then this raging stonker of a novel, bursting out of its leather pants with sex, scandal, murder, mystery, suspense, drama, action, adventure and Mad Car Disease, probably won't be for you.

Sorry.

Norman's definitely dead. His dad fell out of the sky and flattened him. And as Norman didn't want any regular full-time employment before he died, he certainly doesn't want any now. Especially not here at the Universal Reincarnation Company. There are far too many filing cabinets and far too much paperwork. Not that it's the company's fault. The blame really lies with God. If He hadn't decided to close down Hell, then Heaven wouldn't have got too overcrowded and there would have been no need to build the extension. And until the extension is finished, the URC will just have to keep on recycling all those souls in the big queue.

But there's something very wrong at the URC. Someone, it seems, has learned how to beat the system. Someone is pre-incarnating. Being reborn again and again on their original birthdate. And just imagine if you could do that. You'd be The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived. Or you'd be the very Devil himself.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar 2000
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of Robert Rankin and this is the best of the lot. It's not just the story that's funny, and the fact that all the best characters are in it (Cornelius, Tuppe, Rune, Pooley, O'Malley, etc.) but it's that Rankin style of telling the story that makes the book such an excellent read.
I'd recommend this book to anyone that likes to laugh when they read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 23 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
Having seemingly concluded the tale of Cornelius and Tuppe in The Book of Ultimate Truths and Raiders of the Lost Carpark, and following the unconnected Greatest Show Off Earth, Robert Rankin returns to produce a belated third book in the trilogy. Unlike Raiders of the Lost Carpark however, this is not a direct continuation of an ongoing story, but a brand new tale featuring old characters, so it is more accessible to new readers. The story is a particularly wild one, with Rankin's imagination and invention going onto full overdrive, with the megalomaniac Rune's plans being to challenge God himself, with a plot featuring a Re-Incarnation Company (now that Heavens full and Hell's closed down), souls circling the sun, Mad Car Disease, multiple Rune's running about the place, Thelma and Louise, and an aquatic race complete with flying saucers. A good solid plot with plenty of laughs and good recurring jokes, the book starts running out of steam a little in the closing stages, but this is still a great comic novel and, as with all Rankins Cornelius and Tuppe books, highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Dec 1999
Format: Paperback
I've been reading Mr Rankin for a year or two and this is one of his most irreverant novels. Always present as the storyteller, Rankin twists the plot with not a care in hell - even when it doesn't work, but he shares that with us the readers. A great writer. Self-aware running gags and some seriously cheesy puns. PLUS all the regulars make their appearances. What a pleasant book. On a scale of one to ten, I'd recommend it was included.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
Robert Rankin is one of those authors that considers nothing sacred.. his writing is can best be described as a mixture of Terry Pratchet and Douglas Adams exept with a far more sinister edge. I found this book to be one of his most original piece work, it kept me glued to it the whole time and you are not given any idea of where its headed until you get there.
I Highly recomend this book to anyone, but at the same time would like to say that if you get offended easially then this book might not before you... some would find this book full of cheap laughs at the expance of christianity
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