Retromancer

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In the newest madcap adventure from Robert Rankin, history has gone askew and it's up to the one and only Hugo Rune to face down aliens and monsters galore in order to put everything in its right place

 

There is big and evil magic upon the face of the Earth, and history has consequently been changed. The Germans have won World War II; America is a nuclear wasteland; and worst of all the breakfast menu at the Wife's Legs Café in Brentford is serving bratwurst rather ...

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Overview

In the newest madcap adventure from Robert Rankin, history has gone askew and it's up to the one and only Hugo Rune to face down aliens and monsters galore in order to put everything in its right place

 

There is big and evil magic upon the face of the Earth, and history has consequently been changed. The Germans have won World War II; America is a nuclear wasteland; and worst of all the breakfast menu at the Wife's Legs Café in Brentford is serving bratwurst rather than the proper British sausage. When the world is all wrong and it needs setting right, the only hope left is Hugo Rune, a man who offers the world his genius and asks only that his expenses be covered. Hugo, also known as the hokus bloke, the Lad Himself, and the Retromancer, sets out to rewrite history the way it should be, with the aid of his faithful acolyte and companion Rizla. Together they return to war-torn London to solve the 12 cosmic conundrums based upon Hugo's personal tarot deck, each mystery leading them closer to a final terrifying confrontation. They must match their wits against beautiful spies, advanced alien technology, killer robots, and death rays; do battle with an ancient god; and come face to face once more with Hugo Rune's arch-enemy, the sinister Count Otto Black.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rune's explosive and satisfying smackdown with his eternally evil nemesis, Count Otto Black, will please [Rankin's] longtime fans."  —Publishers Weekly

"Rankin's traditionally in-your-face humour is fully in evidence in Retromancer, gearing it up to 11 and rarely, if ever, letting go of the reader's attention. We loved it and we suspect that you might too."  —SciFi Now

"It's easy to see why Rankin has a huge cult following. Drawing on a rich vein of English humour that encompasses Python, Adams and Stanshall, his comedy-fantasies are filled with pop culture references, music hall wordplay and ironic quips galore."  —BBC FOCUS

Publishers Weekly
Mr. Hugo Rune, Rankin's rambunctious occult adventurer, and his fervent acolyte, Rizla, return for another fear-lessly far-fetched escapade (after 2008's Necrophenia). One morning, they awaken to a 1967 that's harrowingly differ-ent. Nazis rule the U.K., the U.S. was nuked during WWII, and Rizla can't find a satisfying full English breakfast. Rune pulls Rizla back to 1944, where they must suss out the Twelve Cosmic Conundra “in order to defeat the Nazi peril, save America, save Mankind, [and] secure a future for England that is free and liberated.” A dozen Tarot cards lead them into the madcap “weirdery” that Rankin excels at, though his extremely British jokes (such as Alan Tur-ing's pet robot going haywire and deciding he's King Arthur) may baffle American audiences. Rune's explosive and satisfying smackdown with his eternally evil nemesis, Count Otto Black, will please his longtime fans. (June)
Library Journal
James Arbuthnot Pooley, aka Rizla, returns from a yearlong world-saving jaunt with Hugo Rune, adventurer, world and time traveler, and master of many other talents, to find that present-day England is now a Nazi state and America a nuclear wilderness. To set things right, Rizla and Rune set out, aided by Rune's magical tarot deck, to solve a series of 12 puzzles, encountering along the way sexy spies, a ghostly clown, alien technology, and an immortal arch villain. VERDICT The sequel to The Brightonomicon features more of Rankin's rollickingly British humor, fast-paced action sequences, zippy dialog, and clever plot turns. Sure to be popular with the author's fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780575085008
  • Publisher: Gollancz, Victor Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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