Category Archives: Robert Rankin

Attack of the Killer Sprout

I’ve finished a few books recently, and I think some of them deserve their own posts. Here are a few about which I don’t have quite as much to say, which shouldn’t be taken as an indication that I didn’t … Continue reading

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Doubters of the Divine

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World, by Tim Whitmarsh – This book is partially a response to the idea that atheism is a new idea, a product of the age of science and reason that turns against ancient … Continue reading

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I Get Lots More Pleasure When I’m Playin’ with Me Uke

George Formby: England’s Famed Clown Prince of Song – It was actually Khoi who piqued my interest in this English music hall entertainer, a rather unlikely star of stage and screen by today’s standards. The son of a performer who … Continue reading

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Doomsday Averted

Abarat: Absolute Midnight, by Clive Barker – This is the third book in the children’s series about an archipelago where each island corresponds to an hour of the day. It’s been a while since I read the other two, so … Continue reading

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Where Science and Magic Meet

My Friend Mr Leakey, by J.B.S. Haldane – There was a chapter from this book in an anthology my grandmother had, and I saw several other mentions of it later on, but had a hard time actually finding it. I … Continue reading

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Mythical Monsters in the Modern Age

Knees Up Mother Earth, by Robert Rankin – This book returns to Brentford, the London suburb where Rankin grew up, which in his fiction is frequently home to mystical happenings. A local consortium is trying to purchase their football ground, … Continue reading

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It’s an Egg’s Life

Of all the strange and oddly named characters in nursery rhymes, one of the most famous has to be Humpty Dumpty, perhaps the first egg to receive a name. Versions of the poem date back to at least 1797, and … Continue reading

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