The Brightonomicon

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Were you aware that there are, hidden in the streets of Brighton, twelve ancient constellations, like the Hangleton Hound and the Bevendean Bat? Well, there are, and on each one hangs a tale, a tale so strange that only The Lad Himself, that inveterate spinner of tales and talker of the toot, Hugo Rune, can get to the bottom of them. And he'd better do it quickly, because if he doesn't solve the dozen mysteries before the year is out, that'll be the end of the world as we know ...

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Overview

Were you aware that there are, hidden in the streets of Brighton, twelve ancient constellations, like the Hangleton Hound and the Bevendean Bat? Well, there are, and on each one hangs a tale, a tale so strange that only The Lad Himself, that inveterate spinner of tales and talker of the toot, Hugo Rune, can get to the bottom of them. And he'd better do it quickly, because if he doesn't solve the dozen mysteries before the year is out, that'll be the end of the world as we know it.

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Editorial Reviews

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Stark raving genius...
Publishers Weekly
A secret zodiac patterned on forgotten Brighton byways is the springboard for the comic misadventures of an occult adept and his apprentice in this screwball fantasy from British author Rankin (The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse). The zaniness begins when Count Hugo Rune saves Rizla, a feckless teen, from drowning. Deprived of his memory and identity, Rizla grudgingly partners with the mysterious Rune on a mission to track down the Chronovision, a device that can replay private scenes from the past. The roundabout route to the Chronovision lies through picaresque escapades linked to the 12 astrological signs of the Brightonomicon, which bring the befuddled Rizla into contact with crablike aliens, patrons of a nudist restaurant, and opposing teams of priests and nuns competing in a violent croquet match. The loose plot accommodates an endless parade of oddball characters as well as exchanges of wordplay and giddy banter as likely to put readers in mind of Lewis Carroll as Terry Pratchett. As humorous fantasy goes, this novel is a triumph of gleeful nonsense. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The youthful hero of Rankin's latest fantastic romp takes his girlfriend to Brighton for a weekend, but instead of a romantic outing, he finds himself cast into the water only to be rescued by the enigmatic Dr. Hugo Rune. Suffering from memory loss, the young man agrees to help Dr. Rune solve a series of 12 mysteries patterned on the Brighton Zodiac formed by the patterns of Brighton's streets. His adventures and their final resolution result in a freewheeling tale that combines the best of British comic writing with a panoramic approach to storytelling. Libraries should purchase where there is a demand for comic fantasy or where the author has a following. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rankin, a bestseller in England, returns to lunacy with the eighth in his ever-growing Brentford "trilogy."As usual, the plot is an ADD-afflicted pastiche of "Illuminati"-style conspiratorial maunderings, sub-Douglas Adams absurdities and self-conscious wisecracks. The narrator is a teenager who had taken a trip to Brighton "hoping for a weekend of sexual adventure in a town that is noted for that sort of thing" but ending up dead, only to come to in the company of one Hugo Rune, an ancient and baffling raconteur with a Sherlock Holmes fetish who's looking for an acolyte to record his adventures. Rune explains that he has to solve 12 problems in the next year, one per month, and if he fails, doom will befall Mankind (Rankin wouldn't have it any other way). It also turns out that the streets of Brighton hide 12 ancient constellations that figure into these tasks. Thus, many ancient conspiracies are unearthed, causing the protagonists to face (and even suffer) death on multiple occasions. Highlights in this installment include a bartender who will only speak in rhyme, crab-suited aliens and the return of the dread Mouselcomb Pirates, who haven't had a good pillage since the early 1950s. The result is somewhat wearying over the long haul, but surprisingly funny through some stretches. A decent introduction to an author who never saw a pun he didn't like, and a definite improvement over The Witches of Chiswick (2004).
From the Publisher
"As humorous fantasy goes, The Brightonomicon is a triumph of gleeful nonsense."  —Publishers Weekly

"One of the rare guys who can always make me laugh."  —Terry Pratchett, author, Discworld series

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780575077737
  • Publisher: Gollancz, Victor Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: Brentford Trilogy
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Rankin is the author of The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code, The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse, Knees Up Mother Earth, Necrophenia, The Toyminator, and The Witches of Chiswick.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    If you like Robert Rankin, you'll like this

    Rankin's style is unique and if you don't like rapid-fire, dry British humor, this will most likely not appeal to you. But if you do like it, there's plenty to like in The Brightonomicon. An odd zodiac traced on the streets of Brighton, an even odder set of characters to wrap your head around, Benedictine monks that play crocquet in a stadium full of crazed fans, the Chronovision (a device that, in the wrong hands, will destroy the universe), the evilest of evil villains in Count Otto Black, and the hero, the Hokus Bloke himself, Hugo Rune. All told through the eyes and ears of a 16 year old who can't remember who he is. Entertaining stuff, start to finish. Well worth the read. Its the precursor to The Necromancer, in case you've read that one. If you haven't read that one, read this one first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    Not his best effort!

    I truly admire Mr. Rankin's works, but this one was really a chore to finish! You'd be better off with some of his better efforts. I'd recommend Nostradamus Ate My Hamster, Armageddon the Musical, or The Sprouts of Wrath.

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