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I agree with the other comment about dougless adams - he's very similar and probably more "pythonesque". Off the wall fun with good repeat gags. I am glad this is published as I missed the radio series. Thanks Audible - a good selection.
Well-written, well-acted, and laugh-out-loud funny! I loved every minute of it. Take one part 'Nero Wolfe and Archie', one part 'Monty Python', and one part 'golden age adventure comic', mix well, and garnish with dry British sarcasm. Delicious!
Be aware that the last 40 minutes are outtakes and interviews, which are also quite entertaining if you know to expect them; no, there isn't a secret 'nother episode, it's the Director's Cut extras.
The radio adaption of Robert Rankin's Brightonomicon is simply brilliant. In 13 episodes Hugo Rune and his trusted acolyte Rizla, who can't remember his past, try to solve mindbogglingly difficult conundrums to prevent the end of the world. But be warned, there is Spaniel involvement.
Fans of Robert Rankin's work shouldn't miss this adaption as it works perfectly as a play.
I first heard it on the radio. Radio SciFi and Fantasy comedy is usually pretty dire. There are a (very) few notable exceptions and this is one of the best.
Hugo Rune - David Warner is brilliant, but then the whole cast is.
I have done (I listen to it about once a year)
I love Rankin, no doubt. However, the story here was a bit lacking. He didn't have the humor in this one that I'm accustomed to from him. It was entertaining, but somewhat repetitive in places. What got me to finish this was the performances - fantastic! I love David Warner, so that was a definite plus. I wish he'd done more, though. Rupert Degas was fantastic, too. If you get this, just don't expect a gripping story, but it's worth a listen.
Similar to Douglas Adams, except that Douglas Adams's books mostly had plots hidden away under the jokes and bizarre characters. If you remove the jokes and characters from this, there's nothing left. But the jokes are good, and the radio production (with a cast of several skilled voice actors, music, &c.) is outstanding.
"The eye is definitely in the triangle!"
This is the first time i have listened to an audio adaptation prior to reading the book. Both are works of genius.
The Brightonomicon is off the wall humour from start to finish, one of those rare occasions when you are whisked to another dimension from which there is no desire to return. Hero's, heroics, heroism and wit abound with leading characters you wish would ocarina their way through the forbidden zones to your local watering hole and partake in the talking of some much desired toot.
Thank you Mr Rune!
"Toot On This"
If you are a Rankin fan then prepare to immerse yourself in a well dramatised and stirring story of Hugo Rune's and his assistant Rizla's chase through Brighton to save the world from the Dastardly Count Otto Black. There will be a spaniel in the works and you will be confused, amused, and buffeted through time to the revelation that not much really happened but that it happened very entertainingly and with much toot chatted upon along the way. Pour yourself a pint of large and enjoy the ride.
If you have never tried Rankin before and you enjoy a good session of talking toot with your friends down the pub, if your imagination embraces the silly and surreal with open cab doors then go ahead and download... then come back for The Anti pope which is a very good place to continue your journey into the parallel world of Robert Rankin's characters. Give them time and they will feel like old friends.
"Intruiging references to Brighton"
This is not really my type of humour or fantasy. I prefer my humour more subtle. I stuck with the book because I found the references to Brighton intriguing and my enjoyment would have been enhanced if I could have found anywhere on the web a map showing how the streets are supposed to trace out the images referred to in the book; the Hangleton Hound for example. I don't know if the print edition would provide this or whether it is convenient fiction of Robert Rankin. It would probably be possible to produce such images, however contrived so I was particularly disappointed not to be able to find any reference to them.
I laughed my head off, this is simply great! Very funny story, hilarious acting and a serious amazing creativity. I absolutely reccommend this book!
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