Category Archives: Robert Rankin

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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Twentieth Century Monkey

The Educated Ape and Other Wonders of the Worlds, by Robert Rankin – The follow-up to The Mechanical Messiah gives us more adventures of Darwin the talking monkey and consulting detective Cameron Bell in a steampunk version of Victorian London. … Continue reading

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Where’s the Shadow Government When You Need It?

Picture by Jonathan Burton There has been a lot written, both humorously and otherwise, about the nature of government and politics. Douglas Adams includes a fair bit about it in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, including the bit in … Continue reading

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Robot Jesus Died for Your Syntax Errors

Having recently finished Robert Rankin’s The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age, I wondered if the aspect mentioned in the title is based on anything real, or at least some other work of fiction. Turns out that, … Continue reading

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