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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Reprint edition (11 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575086432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575086432
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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THE YEAR IS 1899 AND THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END!

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I'm a huge Robert Rankin fan and have read all of his books, some of them many times. I consider the "Brentford" books to be his best but I have enjoyed most of the other books too.

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.
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Just can't get into this latest round of books. I like Robert Rankin's books, but over recent years he seems to have fallen into a trap of all the books having the same sort of format...introduce characters, get them into some sort of jeopody, introduce a mystery, then sort out everything in 10 or so really short and fast past chapters at the end. His story telling has got, for me, to be a little mundane. My first Rankin book was Raiders of the lost car park, which I loved. I may read that one again.
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with each melodic word you fall deeper into the world of steam punk London. its seductive and very clever and Rankin's wit never dulls. each next addition to his steam punk series is as glorious as the last.
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I've only just begun reading this book but love this series & Darwin the monkey. Bit slow to get in too but once in Robert R's book's, drawn in to his amazing world. I have this on my kindle with a quick download & eager to have time to read more of it.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2012
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If you're looking for a book that is different to any other out there then Rankin could well be the man for you, he has a touch of the mad scientist hidden within his mind that also brings the wonders of a possible Victorian age to the readers imagination. He's quirky, he has quite a twisted imagination and when added to the wonders of what he decides to expose the reader to makes this something that you'll either love or hate.

Personally I had a good bit of fun taking the scenic tour through this outing and when added to some wonderfully inventive concepts, solid prose and some more than interesting characters really makes this a book that I was pleased I spent the time with.
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This book is full of intricate wordplay and flowery verbosity. Rankin has developed as an author since the Brentford days but has retained that hint of insanity in the plot lines. The future history is well realised and the characters are developed. Surprising depth. This is the first Rankin book i have read in years and i shall definitely be reading the rest of the series.
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Another excellent book by Rankin. Like all his works it is a terrific work of imagination. I recommend this to all Rankin lovers and anyone who wants their mind broadening. I have read all his books twice and most three times, he is the tops for me.
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This book forms part of the Japanese devil fish girl quartet which envisages Victorian Britain as a technological superpower with advanced technology (spaceships,lasers etc.) but with Victorian values of empire and lass maintained. The writing is superb and characterisations 3dimensional. Descriptions are vivid and real which no illustration could do justice that the words convey.
I 've been a fan of his work ever since I picked up a paperback of the Antipope and have never been disappointed with everything I've read. This book is no exception.
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