on 10 March 2000
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.
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.
on 24 December 1999
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.
on 6 January 1999
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
on 18 August 2014
Enjoyed this one just as much as the first two in the series. The story is farcical and fantasy-filled, action-packed and silly at times. But Rankin's writing is brilliant as ever, with plenty of humour and plot twists and devlopments. At times there was so much going on, I struggled to keep up with it all. Hilarious in a very British way.
on 12 May 2009
Another larkish tome from the Master of Far-Fetched Fiction.
Not one of the best, but still a cracking romp, full of running gags, quirky asides & general lunacy.