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Necrophenia: Dead But Very Much Alive
Necrophenia - Robert Rankin
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Necrophenia - Robert Rankin
Advantages: Great Character Development, Page Turner, Rewriting History
Disadvantages: Noticed One Word Error, Talking The Toot Is Hard To Follow (Even If That Is The Idea ! )
Necrophenia comes from the mind of author Robert Rankin who is the self proclaimed grandfather of "far fetched fiction" - of which this book is no exception.
Re-writing history as we know it - particularly in the music scene of the sixties and seventies and stretching it far beyond what you could ever have imagined.
A group of lads with a high school band with second hand school instruments are trying to make it big, so when they are offered a record contract - brand new instruments and promised to be touring the world - of course they say yes.
Unfortunately for them there is far more to this deal than they ever thought was possible; what with the undead trying to take over the world and make it into a necrosphere, finding out that Elvis' is a sextuplet and there was that business with the cross dressing zombies around the time the contract was signed.
Dabbling into the world of religion and magic makes for a bit of controversy.
This far fetched writing style of Rankin's is what really attracts me to his books - they are out there, but then it is all explained how these things come to be. History is re-written but with great references to icons of the time such a Elvis who makes an appearance (well several actually), The Rolling Stones, Wimpy (and how it came from the US to the UK) and of course the drug scene of the 60's and 70's.
The characters develop greatly with the villains being ever mysterious.
Rankin always leaves you wanting to know what happens in the next chapter, but no in an over-done cliff hanger way. The chapters are fairly short (2-7 pages hardback) which for me makes for a more comfortable read, as I have more convenient stopping places.
I particularly like how the story spans several decades with the story developing at different paces, whilst the ever impending doom of earth becoming a dead planet hangs over the heads of the human race.
As always the banter between the characters is great and really adds to each character and builds on the story.
Overall, I would say one of Rankin's best books.
You will find that many of Rankin's characters cross over from book to book, and although in some cases this can get a bit "samey", those characters are classic to Rankin and retain their original loveable (or unloveable) personalities.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves particularly fantasy, sci-fi and humour fiction - but it really does have elements in it for anyone who loves a great story.
If you have never read any of Robert Rankin's books, you may find his writing style a little different than what you are used to but I would encourage people to stay with it as you will soon be sucked in by it.
Summary: Great book, be thankful your still alive.