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The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age: A Novel (Japanese Devil Fish Girl Book 2) by [Rankin, Robert]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in Japanese Devil Fish Girl (4 Book Series)

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"Gleeful anarchy...you're bound to have a favorite character to follow." "San Francisco Book Review""

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Another wild and wacky adventure from the Master of Far Fetched Fiction!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2305 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575086351
  • Publisher: Gollancz (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I4WAZQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What can I say, if you love this author, you'll love this book - A journey of thrills, puns, fantasy exploring. If you've not read Mr Rankin's book's - why not? Would recommmend
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Robert Rankin rocks! I'm a massive fan of a load of old toot and loved the steampunk aspect of this book, would recommend to anyone with an imagination and a daft sense of humour. Cheers Rob for another good read!
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Format: 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.
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Whilst it may be a little early to describe this as the pinnacle of Robert Rankins career, it is an exceptional achievement. A sequel to the "Japanese devil fish girl" it may be, but it does stand alone and works as a self contained novel.The Victorian steam-punk style is a natural fit for Rankin whose characters often flit thru time and have a penchant for the traditional, eccentric and old fashioned. It is surprisingly moving in parts and the relationship between Colonel Katterfelto and Darwin, Alice and Bell are very well executed.The clever ruse employed of inserting song titles and famous quotes amongst the text is much less gimmicky than it sounds and feels more like homage than a way to win a bet with unlikely insertions. The ending feels a little rushed but really that is just nitpicking and i can thoroughly recommend this book to Rankin fans and new readers alike. If you like Douglas Adams,Pratchett,in fact any surreal,satirical,fantasy based humour you should love it.
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Once again Robert Rankin has produced a novel using his superb imagination and far fetched intuition. Each of his books, to me, is a masterpiece in its own right and how he can keep giving us these jewels time and time again, seemingly without effort, is simply staggering. 'The Mechanical Messiah' takes you through a torrent of bizarre events with uniquely eccentric characters and humour by the bucket load. A very rich book I can strongly recommend to all who like to relax their minds in mirth and fantasy. The concoction of a master.
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Needed this book to complete the 3 so far written in this series. Have just read all 3 and it was all I hoped, and more! Robert Rankin discribes his genre as Far Fetched Fiction. It is fantasy, humour and total escapism! I now have every book he has written, so you can see that I am a bit of a fan. Met the author at a book signing last month, and he is just as eccentric as his stories. We need more larger than life characters in this increasingly mundane world.
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The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age - transports you by industrial revoluntionary devises of science fiction boffinery to a new world populated by well loved Victorian Dickensian characters both fiction and factual - thrown together in an adventure that is off this planet - to solve the mistery of life the universe and who zapped hurty finger!
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Format: Hardcover
This latest book from Rankin has to be one of his best, if you have read any of his books you'll understand the format. Set in Steam Punk style view of history with Roberts own twist on history. Genius.
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