Robert Rankin's performance of his novel The Brentford Chainstore Massacre once again highlights his gift for comic characterizations and his mastery of British dialect.
This installment of the Brentford Trilogy again stars barstool schemers Jim Pooley and John Omally. And the plot once more is another collection of running gags themed around the end of the millennium: There's a scientist who hopes to clone Jesus, a Vatican decree allowing Brentford to celebrate the new millennium early, and a man who sold his soul.
Rankin's performance is highlighted by his raspy British accent and impeccable comic timing.
There is nothing more powerful than a bad idea whose time has come. And there can be few ideas less bad or more potentially apocalyptic than that hatched by genetic scientist Dr Stephen Malone. Using DNA strands extracted from the dried blood on the Turin Shroud, Dr Malone is cloning Jesus. And not just a single Jesus, he's going for a full half-dozen so that each of the world's major religions can have one. It's a really bad idea.
In Brentford they've had a really good idea. They're holding the Millennial Celebrations two years early to avoid the rush. It's a tradition, or an old charter, or something. And it promises to be the party of this, or any other, century. Unless, of course, something really bad was to happen...
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 love the Robert Rankin books. The easy comedy and the friendly regulars make you feel at home.
O'marley, Handsome, dashing, brave, drunk. Whats not to love. Oh oh and tweed.
Up there with the greats.
This book will make you laugh and make you cry. Its the literary equivalent to a hot buttered crumpet and an open fire while having a fine Ruby Port poured directly on to your brain.
This book is so transcendent and so wonderful it will awaken something in you amazing and beautiful, you will see everything a new, as a child as if the world was born a new, pure and perfect.
Its quite funny as well
The dynamic of Pooley & Omalley is as good as ever. Rankin delivers a quality narration and asks colour and texture to the tales.
It is unfortunately not without its flaws, normally the supporting cast of the Professor and Neville add to the story but not in this one, both seem very oddly unsympathetic to the duo and this seems very at odds given everything that has happened in the previous stories. Old Pete was particularly annoying with the result that I hoped that chips would turn into fenrir and rip him to bits.
Restore the Professor & Neville to normal (it seems like they have been kidnapped from this tale and replaced by androids).
I thought that Rankin's narration went so why to saving this book as if I had read it I might well have given up on it, it just did seem right.
Probably not unless there were some changes.
I do not want to be harsh, critical or unkind but feel that I have to be honest. I really enjoyed the other books in the Brentford series and like Rankin's writing style and narration. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy this book but feel that it fell short of Rankin's normal standard. That might be my expectations being very high but it doesn't match the standard. Sorry.
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