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The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 10 Jul 2008

3.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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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: 11.4 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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By A. Miles VINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Rankin, of course, falls outside criticism: He's one of those writers you like, or you don't. Having said that, this novel illustrates his weaknesses - his protagonists lack depth, his plots don't so much progress as just pile up: You forgive him this for the high laughs-per-page rate. On this basis, this one fails for me, i.e. by not being very funny: As Rankin's work has no other percievable qualities, that's an issue. Couldn't be bothered to finish it, to be honest. The free CD would be funny if you were very stoned, very nerdy and very 17 years old, all at once.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ok, Robert Rankin is getting well known for his different take on the comedic tale that has become popular through the likes of Terry Pratchett and Tom Holt, however that said, to be honest I felt that this book was a let down and preferred others of his such as "Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse" and "The Toyminator." Whilst these two do prove that Robert is a great writer it really does come as a shock when another one of his novels just doesn't hit that itch that you've had.

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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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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