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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Recorded Books / Clipper Audio; Unabridged edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402545088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402545085
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,649,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JustSomeReader on July 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this from the library as an audiobook before a roadtrip and loved it. I think though, being an American and prone to reading things with an American's timing, rather than a Brit's, that I would have missed the humor had I not heard it read by the author. This book is funny, but exponentially more funny read aloud by Rankin. Reading it to myself, I would have likely rated it much lower, as I think I'd have mistimed the delivery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Xava on July 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I agree with another reviewer... I listened to the audio version, his dry wit and sarcasm came across in a way that I'm not sure would have by reading it in print, especially since Rankin is the speaker as well. I highly recommend the audio version over print. I wish more of his books were available in audio, in fact!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on August 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Of the Rankin novels I have read, this is certainly among my favorites. Though not as popular as the successful Eddie Bear series, "The Fandom of the Operator" is a wild ride of far-fetched fiction and general silliness.

Gary Charlton Cheese is the typical slacker that finds himself at the center of a Rankin book. The book begins with the death of his favorite author and alleged family friend, P.P. Penrose. Rather than mourn, Gary and his accomplice Dave set about bringing Penrose back from the dead. Though apparently unsuccessful, a chain of events is set in motion.

Years late when Gary is employed in an absurdly meaningless job, he begins piecing some strange events together with a co-workers. Gary learns he is a blind operator to a telecommuncations network to the dead. Stunned that he has been working this system unsuspectingly, he wants to access it.

The facts stated in the review reveal little more than what is on the back of the book cover. As you would imagine, the story gets further out of control. Throw in guest appearances by Elvis, Jeff Beck, Winston Churchill, and the madness becomes more evident. With numerous laugh out loud moments, "Fandom of the Operator" finds Rankin at the top of his game.
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By Brian Condra on January 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Free books read better than pay for books and Robert Rankin books are the best free books you'll ever pay for. Therefore buy this book and you willl be famous!
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