Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Apocalypso by Robert Rankin

First sentence:

"Porrig was lying in the gutter, but he wasn't looking at the stars."


"The Ministry of Serendipity at Mornington Crescent runs everything. And that means everything. When the Ministry learns of a spacecraft that crashed four thousand years ago into the Pacific Ocean it sends an elite team of paranormal investigators to recover it. A mad alien thaws out, there is hell and horror all around and thousands flee in terror.

Porrig has inherited a planet, or it might be a bookshop, or it might be a gateway into another world. And Porrig is worried, because he has learned a terrible secret. But if he told people, would they listen? No.

But perhaps they should, because a mad alien has thawed out, there is hell and horror all around and thousands are fleeing in terror. And there is every likelihood of there being a bloody big explosion at the end. Will Porrig manage to do anything about it at all?" -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

While this rather strange and quirky book made me chuckle at times, I felt that it could have used some trimming here and there. In particular, some types of jokes, while funny, were overused from time to time. Still, I liked the story of the put-upon Porrig learning about other worlds and creatures and finding the courage to save this world.

Date read: 6/18/2008
Book #: 37
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Fantasy

ISBN-10: 0552145890
ISBN-13: 9780552145893
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Year: 1999
# of Pages: 364
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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