Category Archives: Brentford Trilogy

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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