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I have a great job in a quiet office, but it's only a great job when you've got entertainment like this! This book is the best since A Dog Called Demolition, and that was fantastic. Every single book this guy has ever written has been hilarious. I have been said to have a slightly off-centre sense of humour, so if that's you too, buy them all, but try and read them in order, as although the later books are all self-contained, a lot of the humour is in the form of running gags (Don't know why. I think it's a tradition, or an old charter or something...) While Pratchett books get more and more mundane every release, this guy's stay at the peak of the genre. Superb.
I bought my first RR book because of the recommendation from Terry Pratchett on the front cover. Both authors are incredibly funny, but with totally different styles. To me, TP comes over as very insightful, clever and witty. I think his books probably have a very wide audience. RR however seems to be something like a mad genius! You need to be a grown up to read his books - not cos of the rude bits, although there are many! - but just so that you can even begin to understand what the hell he's on about. Website Story is maybe his weirdest and most convoluted book to date. As soon as you get to grips with one bit of storyline, he turns it on it's head and you're back where you started again! That is not to say that you shouldn't read this book, because you should - it's very funny and very surreal. Especially the thing about the shoes.
"It was a very good day for at least three reasons. Firstly because the sun was shining, which always made for a very good day. Secondly because it was the first Monday in the month, which under the new administration, made it a bank holiday. All first Mondays in the month now being bank holidays. And thirdly, because this was Brentford, where it is always very good to be, no matter the day or the weather. The folk of Brentford were happy folk. They had always been happy folk. And, if left alone to be it, they would no doubt always be happy folk. Not that being left alone was an easy thing to be. The world that lay beyond the great triangle that enclosed the borough: a triangle formed from the Great West Road, the ancient River Thames and the Grand Union Canal: had a tendency to encroach at times. Fads and fashions tried, mostly without success, to elbow their wicked ways within. The good folk of the borough were ever alert. Ever vigilant. Ever prepared to defend what was theirs. Because what was theirs, was special." - Quote from Web Site Story, Robert Rankin Brentford, 2022. Omally and Pooley are no more. Nor are Cornelius and Tuppe, come to that. Brentford needs a new hero! And it has found one in Kelly! The book is full of Rankin's usual humour and complicated plot twists, and I won't write too much here as I don't want to give it all away! I had to read this book several times over to get all the gags that Rankin crams in, but it was definatly worth it :) RB
They wrote it off as a scare story. The Millennium Bug, the non-event of the 20th century. But they were wrong, because the bug was real. Is real. It's a computer virus and it's about to make the deadly species crossover from machine to mankind.