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The Educated Ape and Other Wonders of the Worlds: A Novel (Japanese Devil Fish Girl 3) Paperback – 11 Jul 2013
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"The publisher describes Rankin as a 'beloved British Eccentric.' Wrong. He's a total wack job. But if you can understand him, you'll find, oddly enough, that the more you think about it, the funnier it gets." "Kirkus Reviews" on "Necrophenia""
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I did not, however, immediately get on with "The Japanese Devil Fish" collection. I did get more out of reading books 1 and 2 in the collection a second time, but I still didn't like them as much as his other books. But this third book in the sequence - "The Educated Ape and Other Wonders of the Worlds" - hits the spot a lot more for me.
I don't think you really read Rankin's books for the plot as that is somehow inconsequential compared to the characters and the humour, but this book actually has a plot of sorts and I think it flows quite well. Darwin the Monkey Butler is an excellent character and he features in a lot of this book.
It's still not quite the 5 star read the original "Brentford" books were but I enjoyed this one far more than the previous two.
I like a nice, hefty tome to accompany me wherever I go about the house, and the joy of a marvellous story within is a pleasant bonus. Sticking with the Victorian era in which he writes so well, R.R. dollops a great detective story into your lap (with a partnership that reminded me of Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse) which I can't say much about without spoilers. But it's good. Irreverent, witty, mad and (as always) studded with running gags, The Educated Ape... is another super novel by the king of genius lunacy.