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Sprout Mask Replica (Completely Barking Mad Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Rankin
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Book Description

THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE “COMPLETELY BARKING MAD” TRILOGY
which heralds the return of Barry, the World’s favourite Brussels sprout.

The doctor said he was a paranoid schizophrenic, but he knew better. He was the Chosen One. He had the Gift. By doing small things he could make very big things occur. Just like the Butterfly of Chaos theory. And he did have all the very best motives. He did try very hard to make it work for the good of mankind. It’s just that things never worked out quite the way he planned them. Things went rather pear-shaped. Or should that be sprout-shaped, because Barry his Holy Guardian sprout must surely take some of the blame for the way things turned out.

The way that he really messed up the world.

Out of all Robert Rankin’s novels, this trilogy is by far the most extraordinary and, dare it be said, “off the wall”? This series bursts with subversive ideas, brilliant theories, twists and turns of plot that some might find inexplicable. But it all comes together to make perfect sense in the end. And as works of twentieth century comedy/fantasy they are quite simply, unique. Robert Rankin is a true original and although there will inevitably be those who find his work confusing and unsatisfying; those discerning readers who “get it” know that they have mined a rich and valuable vein and will continue to be amazed and enriched by this writer’s remarkable talent. Sprout Mask Replica can be enjoyed as an individual novel, but why not grasp the full depth of the weirdness of Rankin’s Looniverse by reading the whole series?

The “Completely Barking Mad” Trilogy is:
Sprout Mask Replica
The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag
Waiting for Godalming

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Editorial Reviews

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"'Stark raving genius'" The Times "'He does for England what Spike Milligan does for Ireland. There can be no higher praise'" -- John Clute Mail on Sunday

From the Publisher

What they say about Robert Rankin:

'Oscar Wilde meets Kurt Vonnegut in the genetics lab of classic fantasy genius.' - SFX Magazine

'Stark Raving Genius.' - Observer


Product Details

  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Far Fetched Books (July 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008P0BAV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly, one of the best books ever July 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is truly a marvelous book. It is full of the running gags, stupid puns, deranged descriptions and confused characters that is the hallmark of Mr. Rankin. In this book, Mr. Rankin takes over the world in a very nervous manner, with the help of his holy guardian sprout, Barry, who gets him in more trouble than he's worth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rankin at his best August 10, 2000
Format:Paperback
This is the best Rankin book - and one of the best humour books around. He combines his excellent jokes with a short piece at the beginning of the book that is one of the funniest things ever written - yes, you heard it. The overall standard of the book is high, however the plot is not too far above his average (if humourous) standards. Especially worthwhile for Rankin veterans, as large parts of the Sprout mythology are revealed X-Files style at the end of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly, one of the best books ever July 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is truly a marvelous book. It is full of the running gags, stupid puns, deranged descriptions and confused characters that are the hallmark of Mr. Rankin. In this book, Mr. Rankin takes over the world in a very nervous manner, with the help of his holy guardian sprout, Barry, who gets him in more trouble than he's worth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sprout mask replica September 4, 2005
By litany
Format:Paperback
genius!!!! i love this book, the way characters seem to know they are inside a book and reply to each others thoughts!!!!! pure comedy!!!
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More About the Author

Robert Rankin describes himself as a teller of tall tales. The Morning Star describes him as 'The Master of Silliness', and his publisher describes him as The Master of Far Fetched Fiction. He is the author of more than thirty novels, of which he has sold millions of copies, and he is published - and making people laugh - around the world.

Despite his remarkable publishing success, Robert has never taken himself too seriously. He loves going on tour, signing books for readers, and his appearances at signings and conventions are legendary, often including a stand-up routine, a song (accompanied by his 'air-ukulele'), and an always-entertaining question-and-answer session. Robert Rankin is a great entertainer, whether in person or through his novels, with wit, humour and an incredible personal warmth.

But that's not all! In addition to being a talented writer, comedian and musician, he's also an incredible artist . . . so incredible, that he creates his own stunning book covers.

Reading his books can and will inspire you, scare you, thrill you and, above all, entertain you. His novels are an outlet for the soul, and food for the imagination.


The Brentford Trilogy:

The Antipope
The Brentford Triangle
East of Ealing
The Sprouts of Wrath
The Brentford Chainstore Massacre
Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls
Knees Up Mother Earth
The Brightonomicon

The Armageddon Trilogy:

Armageddon: The Musical
They Came and Ate Us
The Suburban Book of the Dead

Cornelius Murphy Novels:

The Book of Ultimate Truths
Raiders of the Lost Car Park
The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived

The Trilogy That Dare Not Speak Its Name:

Sprout Mask Replica
The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag
Waiting for Godalming

The Witches Trilogy:

The Witches of Chiswick
Knees Up Mother Earth
The Brightonomicon

Eddie Bear Novels:

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
The Toyminator

Standalone Novels:

The Greatest Show Off Earth
The Garden of Unearthly Delights
A Dog Called Demolition
Nostradamus Ate My Hamster
Apocalypso
Snuff Fiction
Web Site Story
The Fandom of the Operator
The Da-da-de-da-da Code
Necrophenia

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