- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; First Edition, First Impression edition (29 Dec. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575078715
- ISBN-13: 978-0575078710
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,668,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Necrophenia (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Hardcover – 29 Dec 2008
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"Rankin is so bloody good... you can't help but laugh along with him. Rankin pulls it off with impish glee. Congratulations on the big Three-Oh to the self-proclaimed father of far-fetched fiction. He's still on top form." (Phil Kelly DEATHRAY)
"Necrophenia is epic, laugh-out-loud funny. There's also some very clever writing. After all these years, Rankin is still as fresh and inventive as ever." (Martyn Casserly SCI FI NOW)
For all the comedy, Necrophenia is a dark book. Fans will love it anyway. (David Langford SFX)
Rankin [has a] gift for surreal dialogue. His back-and-forth, off-kilter banter attains a truly Marx Brothers level of wit and intensity at times. You won't be able to put down this rambunctious, giddy tale of supernatural musicology. If Mike Mignola and Terry Gilliam had scripted and filmed the Beatles in Help! (1965), the results might have resembled this book. (SCi-FI WEEKLY)
Robert Rankin is the Frank Zappa of the SF and Fantasy World: an undoubted genius, if something of an accquired taste. (FORTEAN TIMES)
Rankin's legion of fans will be delighted by this gallimaufry of silliness, told with the author's hallmark fragmented, rapid-fire prose. (Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN)
Private eyes, glamorous dames, ukulele maestros, a lost city of gold and millions and millions of zombies? It can only be a Robert Rankin novel!See all Product description
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And if you're new to his work then you're probably better off starting with The Antipope (Brentford Trilogy) although this one, despite containing - as is common in his novels - recurring themes and characters and references - might be something you could get into anyhow.
This is the tale of Tyler. And how he almost saved mankind. In a long novel running 392 pages and 75 chapters we follow him through a variety of situations from would be rock star to private eye, all the time there being plot strands which hint he has a greater destiny.
And things get wilder as they go on. As ever comic footnotes, some very interesting trivia, and the occasional bit of damage to the fourth wall can also be found.
This is a long book but it never quite feels stretched out. But it's never quite as laugh out loud funny as it could be. Although there are the occasional moments which do spark that reaction, not least a fair amount of the finale.
Not the writer's best work but a solid enough piece of writing from him all in all, just not nearly his funniest. But it's pretty entertaining anyhow so I rate a little above average.
Only buy if you already like his work as this book references earlier tomes - otherwise you'd be better advised to select an earlier book to break yourself in gently.
If you're a fan this will be an immediately welcome and familar ride through Rankin's skewed perceptions and musings on life, the 1960's and music. Laught out loud funny. But not as good as the Da, da, de, de, da Code.
There are moments of greatness in the book; a trip to Woodstock and the discovery of a golden city stand out. However, there is no central hook that grabs you like with the best of his work such as `Apocalypso', or `Snuff Fiction'. The reuse of old jokes and similar storylines is no longer acceptable to me and I am a fan of the author. The `Toy Town' books prove that he still has it when he tries. I urge him to write more varied styles of book away from Brentford and hopefully receive a new lease of life.
It's going back into the charity shop bag.
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Wonderfully done on the kindle of course.