Sunday, 17 January 2010


by Robert Rankin

The latest (and it looks like it might be the last) novel featuring the incomparable Hugo Artemis Solon Saturnicus Reginald Arthur Rune, an adventurer and world traveller — ‘of this and many others’. One-time circus strongman, prizefighter, expert swordsman and Master of Dimac. Gourmet, connoisseur of fine wines and finer women, mystic, guru to gurus, also known as the hokus bloke, the Lad Himself and the Retromancer. Occasional jazz drummer, reinventor of the ocarina and inventor of the T-shirt. The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived. That Hugo Rune. Accompanied by his acolyte, assistant and amanuensis Rizla (James Arbuthnot Pooley), the guru’s guru embarks on an epic quest, to save the world as we know it and things of that nature generally.

Another tour de force from the world’s leading exponent of Far Fetched Fiction. Expect the liberal application of stout stick, frequent visits to the Ministry Of Serendipity, and most far-fetched yet gratifying explanation of the Tunguska event. Not to mention the transperambulation of pseudo-cosmic antimatter. With guest appearance of George Cole (as Winston Churchill), Alan Turing (as himself), and the Ring of Power™ (also known as Isildur’s Bane™). Drinks and chewing fat provided by Fangio.

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