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Armageddon: The Musical (Armageddon Trilogy Book 1) by [Rankin, Robert]
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"'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 "'He crams enough gags into Armageddon the Musical to last anyone else for a trilogy. And nothing's sacred. So buy this quick, before he ends up sleeping in Salman Rushdie's spare bedroom'" -- Terry Pratchett

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THE BOOK THAT PROMPTED SIR TERRY PRATCHETT TO SAY:
“Robert Rankin is a deep-down humourist, one of those rare guys who can always make me laugh”

THE YEAR IS 2050 AND THE WORLD IS ONCE MORE COMING TO AN END

When society collapsed in 1999 with the Nuclear Holocaust Event, things got rather dull on Planet Earth. Sickly green survivors huddled in their mouldy bomb-proof bunkers, watching reality TV and waiting for things to sort themselves out.
Rex Mundi has just got himself a new job, Religious Affairs Correspondent for Buddhavision, one of the big three television companies that now control the world. Rex’s employer is Dalai Dan, the 153rd incarnation of the Dalai Lama. Dan hosts Nemesis, the most popular TV game show in human history. A show that has taken sex and violence to new extremes and Dan is not an easy Lama to work for.
Rex’s first day on the job hasn’t gone altogether well. He has been blown up, narrowly avoided being eaten by cannibals and finally tortured to death. He remains optimistic however that his second day might go better.
On the Planet Phnaargos, there is little optimism. Since the dawn of Earth history the Phnaargs, a race addicted to television, have enjoyed a TV reality show called The Earthers. Broadcast live from Planet Earth. In fact Phnaargian “script advisors” have secretly influenced Mankind’s history literally from the Stone Age to provide entertainment for their people. The Nuclear Holocaust Event was a ratings topper, but now the viewing figures are falling. There is just not enough exciting things happening down on Planet Earth.
Happily a Phnaargian TV exec has come up with a plan: travel back in time and reinstate a popular Earth character from the past. One whom, had he made a different decision, would have changed the course of Earth history and so avoid the Nuclear Holocaust Event. That individual is Elvis Aron Presley and all the Phnarrgs have to do is travel back to 1958 and persuade Elvis to dodge the draft, thus influencing a generation of American youths to follow suit, in turn preventing the Nuclear Holocaust Event.
Enter Barry The Time-Travelling Brussels Sprout.
And so the stage is set for Armageddon: The Musical, Robert Rankin’s seminal novel (originally published in 1990). Characteristically abundant in off-the-wall concepts and situations, this book is a mind-bending rollercoaster ride through a post-apocalyptic dystopia gone mad, peopled with evil villains, dyscalculic nuclear missiles, corrupt and incompetent executives, mad lesbians and loquacious vegetables; it contains something to offend everyone and is certainly not for the faint-hearted!
Armageddon: The Musical is the first in the three-part Armageddon Quartet that would go on to inspire a generation of comedy fantasy authors; Rankin reveals himself to be a true visionary (who else foresaw the depths to which reality television would plumb - a mere 20 years on?). Rankin’s original ideas and unique literary style make him one of England’s finest comic writers. “A sort of drinking man’s H. G. Wells” as a Midweek critic put it. Armageddon earned Rankin death threats from Elvis fans but added to his already established reputation as a writer unlike any other. Love him or hate him, the choice is yours.

The Armageddon Quartet:

Armageddon: The Musical

They Came and Ate Us
Armageddon II: The B-Movie

The Suburban Book of the Dead
Armageddon III: The Remake

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  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Far Fetched Books (April 13 2012)
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  • Language: English
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By A Customer on Sept. 3 1998
Format: Paperback
Rankin has been compared to Pratchett and Adams.. this is unfair. Rankin is Rankin in the same way as Pratchett is Pratchett, they shouldn't be compared because although both are brilliant they are brilliant in quite astoundingly different ways. All of Rankin's books have a different feel to them, and if you didn't know, you could swear that some were written by different authors.. but despite that there are always those rankin touches.. the Running Gag.. oh how we love the running gag.. not just running through chapters but running through every book. Armageddon the musical is a start of a trilogy of books all concerned with... yup, the end of the world. The good guys include Rex Mundi (King of the world, although only by name) Elvis Aron (or Aaron, no one is really sure) Presley.. Barry the loqacious sprout, what better could you ask for. The plot twists and weaves and is quite complex but it all makes sense and it all adds up to the really and tottaly unexpected trick ending (no, don't skip forward, you'll spoil it) I have heard it said that it's not as Rankin-esque as "The book of Ultimate Truths" but that's one of Rankin's Strengths, There's always something new. Buy this.. buy all his others too. You'll be happy.
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Any author who names his protagonist "King of the World" in Latin is headed in the right direction. Throw in alien vegetables, a time travelling Brussels sprout named Barry, Daili Dan's Bhuddavision, Elvis Aaron Presley (yes, him!), and one those really amazing rotary machine guns like Blaine had in Predator, and you have REALLY got something.

Despite the fact that Armageddon is disjointed, confusing, inconsistent at times (and downright ludicrous in others) this is, for a first novel, an exercise in comic brilliance. Rankin is demanding of his readers in a way that many authors of humor are not. His writing demands the reader to sit up and pay attention - if not, you will miss something important (or at least very silly). A gift for the surreal and a penchant for the running gag are simply two indications that Robert Rankin is an author to be reckoned with, and God help the soul who meets him unprepared.

Armageddon: The Musical missed a score of ten because of its inconsistency and somewhat confusing plot twists, but it did score an eight for its sheer entertainment value and masterful subtlety. And of course, it's titled Armageddon: The Musical - that has to count for SOMETHING, right?

--W. Seth Hanisek
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By A Customer on March 2 1999
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LOOK, CHEEZMOS--READ MY BOOK! READ IT!! READ IT NOW!! DO IT!
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It is hard to find a book, whereby you can say to people that it has made you laugh out loud, well this one plus Armagedon 2: They Came and Ate Us, probably the pre-curser to Truman,take the preverbial biscuit and without doubt a must read for anyone. Falls in with the other great talent of Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb177b360) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb0eb1024) out of 5 stars Elvis, a time sprout and Rex Mundi Dec 22 1999
By Iain Aitken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All I can say is that this is one of the funniest books I have ever read! Not only that it is also possessed of a plot so complex that it only makes any kind of sense at all when you reach the grand finale but it also has so many running gags concerning "that amazing rotary machine gun that Blaine used in Predator" that every time you watch said film you will have a smile on your face. I have read many humourous sci-fi books in my time but this one had me laughing out loud whilst sitting on a train getting some very odd looks from fellow passangers. If only the Elvis Appreciation Society had not blocked moves to make the film...... Be that as it may, if you are just dicovering the sprout miester for the first time, this is the perfect place to start and get hooked. BEWARE however reading in public can cause very embarrassing hesterical laughter fits!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb0eb10a8) out of 5 stars Madness.. utter Madness Sept. 3 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rankin has been compared to Pratchett and Adams.. this is unfair. Rankin is Rankin in the same way as Pratchett is Pratchett, they shouldn't be compared because although both are brilliant they are brilliant in quite astoundingly different ways. All of Rankin's books have a different feel to them, and if you didn't know, you could swear that some were written by different authors.. but despite that there are always those rankin touches.. the Running Gag.. oh how we love the running gag.. not just running through chapters but running through every book. Armageddon the musical is a start of a trilogy of books all concerned with... yup, the end of the world. The good guys include Rex Mundi (King of the world, although only by name) Elvis Aron (or Aaron, no one is really sure) Presley.. Barry the loqacious sprout, what better could you ask for. The plot twists and weaves and is quite complex but it all makes sense and it all adds up to the really and tottaly unexpected trick ending (no, don't skip forward, you'll spoil it) I have heard it said that it's not as Rankin-esque as "The book of Ultimate Truths" but that's one of Rankin's Strengths, There's always something new. Buy this.. buy all his others too. You'll be happy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb1022c84) out of 5 stars Sprouts, aliens, Elvis vs. the Antichrist...need I say more? March 26 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Any author who names his protagonist "King of the World" in Latin is headed in the right direction. Throw in alien vegetables, a time travelling Brussels sprout named Barry, Daili Dan's Bhuddavision, Elvis Aaron Presley (yes, him!), and one those really amazing rotary machine guns like Blaine had in Predator, and you have REALLY got something.

Despite the fact that Armageddon is disjointed, confusing, inconsistent at times (and downright ludicrous in others) this is, for a first novel, an exercise in comic brilliance. Rankin is demanding of his readers in a way that many authors of humor are not. His writing demands the reader to sit up and pay attention - if not, you will miss something important (or at least very silly). A gift for the surreal and a penchant for the running gag are simply two indications that Robert Rankin is an author to be reckoned with, and God help the soul who meets him unprepared.

Armageddon: The Musical missed a score of ten because of its inconsistency and somewhat confusing plot twists, but it did score an eight for its sheer entertainment value and masterful subtlety. And of course, it's titled Armageddon: The Musical - that has to count for SOMETHING, right?

--W. Seth Hanisek
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb11a6474) out of 5 stars Only two books have made me laugh out loud, this is one June 9 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is hard to find a book, whereby you can say to people that it has made you laugh out loud, well this one plus Armagedon 2: They Came and Ate Us, probably the pre-curser to Truman,take the preverbial biscuit and without doubt a must read for anyone. Falls in with the other great talent of Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb1579c60) out of 5 stars Extremely funny and intelligent 'fantasy' April 12 2000
By C. Hulshof - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For all fans of comic literature, Robert Rankin does the goods. This is an extremely funny and weird book, which is also quite intelligently construed. I think some of Rankin's other works are even more funny, but all in all this book is miles ahead of most other works in the genre. If you like Terry Pratchett, you will definitely enjoy all of Rankin's books, and maybe even prefer the self-consciousness of his works over others. Very much recommended.