Sunday, 23 October 2011

STEAMPUNK REVIEW: The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age - Robert Rankin

Release Date: 15/09/11


Robert Rankin is one of the great British eccentrics, standing alongside Viv Stanshall, Spike Milligan and Neil Innes, amongst others. 'To call Rankin irreverent doesn't begin to describe just how very good he is at playing with the rules', says the MIRROR, while THE DAILY EXPRESS says: 'Everybody should read at least one Robert Rankin in their life' - and it's right. THE INDEPENDENT maintains: 'He is an author best read in large doses. His impressively individual style means that he becomes funnier the more you read him', THE OBSERVER admires ' the stark raving genius of Rankin . . . the plot comes together with alarming and deformed brilliance' and the MAIL ON SUNDAY claims 'Rankin does for England what Spike Milligan does for Ireland. There can be no higher praise'. MAXIM calls him 'Fiendishly clever and joyously funny . . . a brilliant imagination', and SFX think he's 'Oscar Wilde meets Kurt Vonnegut in the genetics lab of classic fantasy humour'. The newest opus from the Master of Far Fetched Fiction will enhance his reputation even further: it's time to stop Rankin being a hidden gem and make him the National Treasure his fans already believe him to be.


If you want an author that gives the reader something unusual, unsuspected and of course unrepentant then you have to try the mad scientist of fiction, Robert Rankin. He’s takes the weird, the far-fetched and of course the imagination by blending it together through a whole host of scientific equipment to see what the final result will reveal and as usual this title is absolute dynamite.

It’s quirky, it’s hard to put down and when you do, you often grab it back up again, almost afraid of it exploding in your face or dissipating before your next reading session and promise yourself just one more chapter before you switch the lights out. Finally add to this an unique writing style, an identifiable voice and of course a hero to the masses and you really have to try one of Britain’s most eccentric writers to date which makes this title a real triumph.

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