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The Antipope (The Brentford Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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'Wonderful ... a heady mix of Flann O'brien, Douglas Adams, Tom Sharpe and Ken Campbell, but with an inbuilt irreverence and indelicacy that is unique - and makes it the long-awaited, heavy smoker's answer to The Lord of the Rings' - Time Out

'Wonderfully entertaining ... reads like a Flann O'brien rewrite of Close Encounters' - City Limits

About the Author

Magus to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Sprout, 12th Dan Master of Dimac, poet, adventurer, swordsman and concert pianist; big game hunter, Best dressed Man of 1933; mountaineer, lone yachtsman, Shakespearian actor and topless go-go dancer; Robert Rankin's hobbies include passive smoking, communicating with the dead and lying about his achievements. He lives in Sussex with his wife and family.

Robert Rankin is the author of Sprout Mask Replica, Nostradamus Ate My Hamster, A Dog Called Demolition, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived, The Greatest Show Off Earth, Raiders of the Lost Car Park, The Book of Ultimate Truths, Armageddon The Musical, They Came and Ate Us: Armageddon II The B-Movie, The Suburban Book of the Dead: Armageddon III Tile Remake and the Brentford quartet; The Antipope, The Brentford Triangle, East of Ealing and Vie Sprouts of Wrath, which are all published by Corgi Books.


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  • File Size: 703 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Far Fetched Books (March 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JPNZUQ
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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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alex De Visscher on August 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you are unacquainted with Rankin's bizarre books, this may well be a good start. It's not his best book, but it's his first. Part of the fun reading Rankin is in the repetitions: Rankin quotes himself constantly, so you won't miss any of that when you start off from here.
"The Antipope" is the first novel in the Brentford series, in which an ordinary London suburb is the scene of grotesque battles between Good and Evil. It's up to Jim Pooley and John Omally, two bums with an insatiable appetite for beer, to save the world, with the help of a mysterious professor and some other highly improbable characters. In this book, the adversary is an evil tramp posessed with formidable powers, who is about to take control of the world as the Pope of some dark new Church.
Two things distinguish Robert Rankin from other comic SF/Fantasy writers like Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett: his profound knowledge of the occult, and the sheer outlandishness and pomp of his stories. Rankin calls himself a tall-tale teller and his books far-fetched fiction. Some scenes in this particular book, like the disastrous cowboy night, and the vain attempts to open a mysterious parcel, just project themselves before your eyes, as if you were watching a movie. And make you laugh aloud.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Griffith on April 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite books. It's the first of the Brentford series. I find the whole series to be comfortable, likable and highly amusing. It helps to have a taste for the surreal. I found the characters to be very likable. They have the carefree attitudes of the characters from Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat or Cannery Row, but they are intelligent and educated. They are not the type one would expect to be called upon to save the world. Essentially Brentford is the world. Should any character temporarily wander out of Brentford, Brentford would still be the reference point. The pub is the core essence of this world. Nothing is really serious unless if effects the pub. To this little world comes every silly notion that ever landed on the front page of the most bizarre tabloids. The Antipope is the place to start. It's one of the best, and will introduce you to the Brentford perspective. I found after reading a few pages, I wanted to take a break and wait for the smile on my face to ease up a little before I dared to proceed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Michelle Pielorz on October 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
About a year ago I read my first Robert Rankin book 'The Witches of Chiswick' after seeing it in the library and just being attracted to the title. I absolutely loved it. I never laughed aloud so much from reading a book. I was surprised because I am not usually into this genre. My husband read it after me and fell in love too. I then decided that I wanted to read every single book by R. Rankin.

I bought 'Anti-Pope' and neither me or my husband liked it. He gave up 1/4 through and I had to force myself to finish it.

I'm not saying it is bad... it is just not my type of thing. The story was pointless to me and not exciting at all. The writing and posh language of the characters was too surreal and the wit, puns, and silly footnotes from the author that I found in 'Witches of Chiswick' were missing completely.

I'm not giving up on R. Rankin all together, but I wouldn't recommend 'The Anti-Pope' at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By darren.ainsworth@gh-creative.com on November 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Robert Rankin is probably the funniest writer today. This book is the first of the 'Brentford Triangle', and is a marvellous read. The story is gripping, the characters endearing, the humour is largely pub-based, and there's a whole chapter to support nothing but a fantastic pun. Brilliant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ash on March 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've been reading Robert Rankin for three years, and I have to say, all the books in the Brentford triangle series are classics! The sheer silliness of his stories just have you in stiches for hours, The Antipoope is a favorite for one reason only. It's a first! It starts everything off, Neville the part-time bar man, the professor, the tramp... This book starts it all and I assure you, you'll never put the book down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S4RG3 on March 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I first read this book way back when, and out of chronological order when I stumbled upon Robert Rankin's books in the local library. I since bought it, lost it, bought it again and then moved abroad inadvertantly leaving it behind. Bravo to Robert for self publishing this for the kindle, I can now own and read it once again, hopefully now never loosing it thus breaking tradition, an old charter or something.

Liking forward to seeing the rest of the books appearing on kindle.
(Why only 4 stars? I very rarely give 5 stars to any book)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 28, 2009
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I am overjoyed to have discovered Robert Rankin! I can't believe I never read him before! I just finished the Antipope, which will be the first in months of happy reading! This is a wonderful, hilarious, gripping story of what happens when evil comes to a town in England, and the only people who can battle it are a group of perpetual drunks, and eastender stereotypes with a few odd Deus ex machina (dei ex machinis??) thrown in for fun. These people were somehow very endearing. The villain, a Borgia no less, is so bad, with his evil little minions, that we are aghast as the onslaught against truth, justice, and human decency is waged.

To be 100% honest, when I first started reading, I thought I understood why I had a problem finding the books. They didn't seem to me like they would work well here in the USA. The humor seemed very, very British, and lots of phrases could only be understood in context (and here I thought we all spoke the same language!). Also, there is the fact that a few terms are terribly offensive to USA folks (some rude terms for Italians, for example). And, finally, we tend to find so much drinking as symptomatic of disease, not fine fun.

Having said all that, by page 50 I was swept away. I LOVED this book! I LOVE the characters! I can hardly wait to read the next on the list!
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