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Imagination of the highest standard,
This review is from: The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age: A Novel (Japanese Devil Fish Girl 2) (Hardcover)
Having read all of Robert Rankin's books I am always struck by how boundless is his imagination and at the same time wondering if he will be able to maintain this imaginative flow. The risk and I suspect nightmare for most authors is that they become formulaic with each book the same as the last. Not so with Mr Rankin and this latest episode in an alternate view of Victorian Britain is testimony to that fact that his imagination is still bubbling away. True the underlying theme, as with so many of his books, is Good versus Evil but the it's the "how" it's presented differentiates each book from its predecessor; the "Mechanical Messiah......" is no exception. As I read it it, the detail conjured up visions of this alternate view that no picture could do justice. The humour as always is clever and quirky and characters well defined.
For anyone who is not acquainted with this author and this genre of far-fetched fiction I'd urge you to give him a try; you'd certainly be surprised and I hope entertained.