Category Archives: Brentford Trilogy

Catching Up with Constance (and Others)

Not counting the one on The Lost Tales of Oz, how long has it been since I’ve done a book review post? I checked, and it looks like it’s been about a month. And on Goodreads, I’m still listed as … 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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Guaranteed to Brighton Your Day

The Brightonomicon, by Robert Rankin – Published in 2005, this book ties together and references a lot of Rankin’s earlier work. It’s sort of a sequel to The Witches of Chiswick, as well as a link between the Brentford Trilogy … Continue reading

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Pulling Off the Pooley

Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls, by Robert Rankin – Another one of Rankin’s books full of weirdly meandering plots, conspiracy theories in action, and meta-referential humor. This time, recurring slacker protagonists Jim Pooley and John Omally attempt to manage … Continue reading

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You Make Me Want to Sprout

I have three more Robert Rankin books to review this time: Sprout Mask Replica – Rankin expands his fictional author’s biographies into an entire fictional autobiography, which also extends to his family. Sprouts appear quite frequently in the story, including … Continue reading

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The Gnomic Utterances of Ka’a Orto’o

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones – Presented as a guide and encyclopedia to a generic fantasy world, this book parodies the clichés used in mass-produced fantasy. Topics covered include how to know which characters are good … Continue reading

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Revelation with Robots

East of Ealing, by Robert Rankin – Remember my post about the number 666 being rumored to exist in barcodes? Well, that idea plays a major part in this book. A new corporation called Lateinos and Romiith (both terms for … Continue reading

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Separating Historical Wheat from Religious Chaff

Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium, by Bart D. Ehrman – I have read several of Ehrman’s books on biblical scholarship, and I quite enjoy his writing style. It’s informative, easily accessible, and sometimes humorous. This book on Jesus … Continue reading

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The Pope, the Puns, and the Puppet

The Antipope, by Robert Rankin – I believe this was Rankin’s first novel, and it’s also the first volume of what came to be known as the Brentford Trilogy. It shows clear signs of what would become Rankin’s signature style, … Continue reading

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