The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 10 Jul 2008
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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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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.
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.
(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.
As to why this book just didn't do a thing for me I suspect that a big part of that was due to me being unable to form a bond with the protagonist and as such really did make this a heavy slog. I disliked him and he seemed disjointed and rather unfunctional as a protagonist, which really did cling to my perception throughout the whole tale. If I were to have to recommend one of Robert's books to a new reader, others rank higher than this and I do hope that future books return to a more conventional form that works for him.
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Since a much loved friend was the basis for this novel I thought it was fantastic before I even read it. I love Jon Hooker!!!
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