We have all been lied to. A great and sinister conspiracy exists to keep us from uncovering the truth about our past. Have you ever wondered how Victorians dreamed up all that fantastic futuristic fiction? Did it ever occur to you that it might just have been based upon fact? That THE WAR OF THE WORLDS was a true account of real events? That Captain Nemo's Nautilus even now lies rusting at the bottom of the North Sea? That there really was an invisible man? And what about the other stuff? Did you know that Queen Victoria had a sexual relationship with Dr Watson? Or that the elephant man was a product of an E.T./human hybridisation programme? Or that Jack the Ripper was a terminator robot sent from the future? Read on: and learn how a cabal of Victorian Witches from the Chiswick Townswomen's Guild, working with advanced Babbage super-computers, rewrote 19th Century history, and how a 23rd Century boy called Will Starling uncovered the truth about everything.
Robert Rankin is an unrepentant Luddite who writes his bestselling novels by hand in exercise books. He is the author of THE HOLLOW CHOCLATE BUNNIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE WITCHES OF CHISWICK, The Brentford Trilogy (5 books), The Armageddon Quartet (3 books) and many more.
"Will Starling saves the world from itself...Attention-deficit SF humor: like Douglas Adams on a sugar high."
Robert Rankin is the second highest selling writer of funny fantasy in Britain THE HOLLOW CHOCLATE BUNNIES OF THE APOCALYPSE sold more than 16,000 copies in hardcover, quadrupling his former HB sales Someone takes a Robert Rankin book out of a library 40 times every day - that's as many as Jane Austen The Brentford Trilogy - five books and counting - has over a million copies in print and is a cult bestseller Rankin sells across Europe, with rights sold in France, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic The very active Robert Rankin fanclub can be found at www sproutlore.com Praise for THE WITCHES OF CHISWICK: 'The master of oddball fiction' Starburst 'The concept it great ... a time-travelling adventure full of intrigue, mystery and conspiracy' Dreamwatch 'Rankin's prose is like a mind-expanding drug ... beware, lest you find yourself addicted' SFX
Will Starling saves the world from itself, if he can survive all the puns. Rankin, a cult mini-industry across the pond but still a big old nothing on these shores, has saved the critics here a good pile of work since, as he has one of his confused characters say, "If this were a book or a movie, the critics would tear it to pieces, saying that the hero was two-dimensional and the entire sorry business unconvincing and totally plot-led." Precisely. But that doesn't mean it couldn't have been a spot of good fun. What's not to like about a futuristic novel in which nervous guy Will, who works at the Tate Gallery, discovers on close examination of a Victorian painting that one of the figures in it is wearing a digital watch? It seems that there was an entire alternate history in which the Victorians had made all sorts of technological leaps, allowing the British Empire to rule pretty much anywhere it wanted to, only to have that history erased in the year 1900 and replaced with the boring dregs left to us. The whole thing is due to a conspiracy, of course, something to do with a cabal of witches, H.G. Wells (mostly invisible), Jack the Ripper, and a talking sprout named Barry that implants itself in Will's skull but is always sleeping when he needs help. In a desperate attempt to keep things interesting, seeming at times like a smart-alecky kid telling a nonstop stream of terrible jokes at the grownup party he just crashed, Rankin throws in some Terminator-style killer robots and more horrible puns and alliteration than should ever be attempted by mortal man. It seems like mere carping to complain that a book of this sort could have been enjoyable had it not tried so darn hard-Rankin obviously revels in his kitchen-sink approach-but that's the case nonetheless. Attention-deficit SF humor: like Douglas Adams on a sugar high. (Kirkus Reviews)
WITCHES OF CHISWICK
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