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The Book of Ultimate Truths (The Cornelius Murphy Trilogy 1) by [Rankin, Robert]
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About the Author

Robert Rankin is the author of Web Site Story, Waiting for Godalming, Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls, Snuff Fiction, Apocalypso, The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag, 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, the Armageddon quartet (three books), and the Brentford trilogy (five books) which are all published by Corgi Books. Robert Rankin's latest novel, The Fandom of the Operator, is now available as a Doubleday hardback. For more information on Robert Rankin and his books, see his website at www.lostcarpark.com/sproutlore

Product Details

  • File Size: 707 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Far Fetched Books (May 29, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087G5YJQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is Robert Rankin's eighth novel, the first of a new series. It introduces some endearing characters: the wild-haired seventeen-year-old Cornelius Murphy, and his dwarf-like companion Tuppe.
A typical Rankin plot: Cornelius and Tuppe are on an epic quest to retrieve the suppressed chapters of The Book of Ultimate Truths, and to keep them out of evil hands. Hugo Rune, the author of the book in the book, appeared in earlier Rankin novels, but now his outlandish ideas get the full attention they deserve: about the secret life of Gandhi and H.G. Wells, about the strange behavior of biros and small scews, stories that make you laugh aloud.
This was the first book I read from Robert Rankin, and at times I wondered if this guy needed to see a doctor. I read it again recently, after having read all his other books, and I found out that I had missed a lot of jokes during the first reading. The more you read these books, the better they get.
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Format: Paperback
First of all, I don't understand why this guy isn't that popular (at least in the USA)! His sense of humour is unlike anything you would have ever read in your life. Laced with witty humour, brilliant use of words and insane ideas, his plots keep getting better and better with successive novels. However, this one remains a classic to the very end. Its about Hugo Rune and all his crazy theories about life (well, at least the life of a screw!). I sometimes wonder how this guy's mind works...I mean, first of all, his plot is incredibly complicated, on top of that, its situational comedy to the very best (forget those stupid sitcoms after reading this...at least I have)
Read this one and expand your mind! And the ending of this book is...well, MINDBLOWING!
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By A Customer on December 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
References to Douglas Adams aside (no, it's nothing like the Hitchhiker's Guide), this book is absolutely hilarious. It's one of the few books I've ever read that's been able to make me laugh out loud so often. Rankin's bizarre and somewhat halucinatory style is guaranteed to catch you off guard. The endorsements on the back include Terry Pratchett saying that Rankin is one of the few authors that can consistently make him laugh. What better reason do you need?
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Format: Paperback
There is a fine line between genius and madness and I'm still not sure which side of it Rankin walks. His main characters Cornelius Murphy and the diminutive Tuppe are simply surreal. After reading this I went out and bought all his other books and I have not been dissapointed yet.
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I liked the book but it is probably not for all readers. I downloaded it by accident recently as it was first published in 1993. It is of a peculiar style of British humor, a bit like Monty Python, in that is it is silly and absurd. If it does appeal to you then get it. I intend to try all his other titles.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very funny book. At times it will have you laughing out loud, at times chuckling, at times scratching your head, wondering what you missed - and then realizing that you didn't miss anything - the author is just insanely random. This is not a bad thing of course, as, in fiction like this, a certain amount of insanity is required... but... A certain amount of sanity is also required, and Rankin struggles to make the humor last much longer than a page. Very little of so much potent material spans the book well. The tiny screws and pens of course are the bright points, and the execution of Hugo's 'wisdom' was well enough done to keep the story readable, but it's very frustrating to see so much other material go to waste.

Douglas Adams earns five stars in this category, and Adams this is not. This is the Jedi Knight's effort as compared to the Master's. How very unfortunate that the Master is dead. While Rankin is far far better than the average (... as if there are enough authors out there who embark upon this kind of venture to make a statistically significant 'average'...), his storytelling is not nearly as masterful, but well worth the time and money to read it, especially given the lack of contemporary authors capable of anything meaningful in this genre.
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