The novels of British writer Robert Rankin are so out-there, so imaginative, so fantastical and hilarious, that they necessitated a new genre: "far-fetched fiction". In the third book of the Brentford Trilogy (of which there are nine books), aimless drunks Pooley and Omally must face a Satanic conspiracy that aims to barcode everyone on Earth. Who could have guessed that so many wild adventures would land on the doorstep of these two blokes' favorite bar, the Flying Swan? Robert Rankin performs his own work, lending his impeccable comic timing and amiable London accent to the caper.
Ahead, where once had been only bombsite land, the Lateinos and Romiith building rose above Brentford. Within its cruel and jagged shadow, magnolias wilted in their window boxes and synthetic Gold Top became doorstep cheese...
Something sinister is happening east of Ealing. The prophecies of The Book of Revelation are being fulfilled. Lateinos & Romiith, a vast financial network, is changing all the rules with a plan to bar-code every living punter and dispense with old-fashioned money.
A diabolical scheme, which would not only end civilisation as we know it, but seriously interfere with drinking habits at the Flying Swan. Can Armageddon, Apocalypse and other inconveniences of the modern age be stopped by the humble likes of Pooley and Omally, even with the help of Professor Slocombe and the time-warped Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street...?
Robert Rankin describes himself as a teller of tall tales. The Morning Star describes him as 'The Master of Silliness', and his publisher describes him as The Master of Far Fetched Fiction. He is the author of more than thirty novels, of which he has sold millions of copies, and he makes people laugh around the world. Robert loves going on tour, signing books for readers, and his appearances at signings and conventions are legendary, often including a stand-up routine, a song (accompanied by his 'air-ukulele'), and an always-entertaining question-and-answer session.
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"Stark raving genius...alarming and deformed brilliance" (Observer)
"He becomes funnier the more you read him" (Independent)
"Everybody should read at least one Robert Rankin in their life" (Daily Express)
"One of the rare guys who can always make me laugh" (Terry Pratchett)
"To the top-selling ranks of humorists such as Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, let us welcome Mr Rankin" (Tom Hutchinson, The Times)
I have only had the audio version and really enjoyed it.
Pooley and Omalley are always my favourites. They are just so likeable layabout who are once more called upon to save the world.
I think Rankin brings a richness to the tale, adding colour and texture. Sometimes authors are terrible when reading their own work but happily with Rankin this is not the case.
I really enjoyed this book, superbly read by the author.
Siouxiebloo... I am a total & utter bookworm, reading Chicklit through to Classics & am always looking out for any up & coming new writers!
This is the first Robert Rankin book ive ever read & believe me it wont be the last!
Robert Rankins narrative added to the storyline as in my mind only he could bring the characters too life just as his mind had created them!
Hold on to your seats as your imagination goes for a journey joining the lifelong friends John & Jack as they bumble their way through an adventure which kept me totally engrossed & that I had to listen to in one sitting...
"a convoluted end"
Quite frankly the end. I would perhaps expand a bit more on Pooley and Omaley's conclusion. Not to mention the bartime bar man.
As always I am a fan of Mister Rankin, his far-fetched fiction is without a doubt a territory he has sliced for himself. Every page turn has more instead of less. Absurdities abound. This tittle, for all its promise and premise, leaves to many dangling plot lines in the air.
"Love this series."
Jim and John are at it again. I love these characters. British humor at its finest. Wish I could down a few pints at the Swan.
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