Part two of the three-part Epic Adventure - featuring a lost car park, the Hidden King of the World and more conspiracies than you can shake a stout stick at.
Cornelius Murphy, big-haired tall boy and Stuff of Epics, has a plan. That with the aid of a reinvented ocarina, he and his best friend Tuppe enter London's Forbidden Zones (areas cunningly hidden from us through the A-Z street directory and a conspiracy of black cab drivers) and liberate the countless billions of pounds worth of booty that lies therein. And while doing so, rescue Hugo Rune, self-styled Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived, guru to gurus and father to Cornelius Murphy.
Hugo Rune has plans of his own. Overthrow the Dark Forces within the Forbidden Zones, a lost race of fairy folk, ruled over by an evil king, whose identity will come as some surprise. And kidnap Her Majesty the Queen (God bless her) during a performance of the world's greatest rock band, Gandhi's Hairdryer. Inspectre Hovis of Scotland Yard has a most definite plan: arrest Hugo Rune for his crimes against Chinese noodle parlours and a list of offences far too long to list.
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 makes people laugh around the world. Robert 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.
"Stark raving genius...alarming and deformed brilliance" (Observer)
"He becomes funnier the more you read him." (Independent)
"Everybody should read at least one Robert Rankin in their life." (Daily Express)
"One of the rare guys who can always make me laugh" (Terry Pratchett)
"To the top-selling ranks of humorists such as Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, let us welcome Mr Rankin" (Tom Hutchinson, The Times)
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one of the least enjoyable Rankin books
- Chris Hunt
Rankin should not read his own works