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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 21 March 2010
Another novel from Robert Rankin, writer of what they call 'far fetched fiction.' If you've never encountered his work before then that basically means rather tall tales with modern settings that can throw in all sorts of wild elements.

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.
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