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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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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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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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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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Rankin File

In this post I review three books, all by Robert Rankin. The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived – The final book in the Cornelius Murphy trilogy (which actually IS a trilogy, unlike the Brentford one) brings back epic heroes … 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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The Stuff of Epics

Raiders of the Lost Car Park, by Robert Rankin – The sequel to The Book of Ultimate Truths pretty much starts where that one leaves off, with epic hero Cornelius Murphy and his diminutive sidekick Tuppe planning to break into … Continue reading

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