The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code

The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code

by Robert Rankin

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Jonny Hooker has been picked as a WINNER! and all he has to do to claim his prize is to solve the Da-da-de-da-da Code. Jonny knows that beat; it always turns up in popular music - like 'Waltzing Matilda', or the National Anthem. And it has something to do with the Devil's Chord. And with Robert Johnson (who sold his soul to the Devil), whose blues influenced a generation of musicians. And it definitely has something to do with Elvis, who is still alive and rocking (of course). And with the Secret Parliament of Five, who meet in Gunnersbury Park to dictate world affairs.

And when he solves the Da-da-de-da-da Code, Jonny will also discover why all the most famous rock musicians die aged twenty-seven, the truth about raising an ancient god, and the destruction of the world. It's all right there in the music. All Jonny has to do is to crack that code. Before he dies on Monday.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780575087101
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 06/02/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 795 KB

About the Author

Robert Rankin is an unrepentant Luddite who writes his bestselling novels by hand in exercise books. He is the author of THE HOLLOW CHOCOLATE BUNNIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE WITCHS OF CHISWICK, THE BRENTFORD TRILOGY (5 books), THE ARMAGEDDON QUARTET (3 books) and many more.

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The Da Da De Da Da Code 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
penwing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What on earth made me think I'd like this book? The only reason I finished it was because it was my only choice of reading material on the train. I wish I thrown it out of the window.The problem? This book is meant to be funny. And the author mistakes funny with full of quirks. FULL of quirks. He just can't stop himself. And they're not funny quirks. They're rubbish.His biggest problem is the way he continually breaks the author/work contract (for want of a better term). He sets up running gags across multiple characters that never meet and are only doing the running gag because it's a running gag. And tell us that. He uses the idea of one character doing something in one scene and then the start of a new scene mirroring it - in every scene transition. It can raise a giggle once. Maybe twice. But after the nineteen millionth time it starts to... grate. Oh, and then he points out his plot holes and patch them with a completely stupid idea - in a footnote breaking you away from the world/story he's creating. Worse - he then has characters commenting on it. A blurb on the back says he's "the master of silliness". No. See there's silly which is good and silly which is silly. Rankin is the latter - he's being silly purely for silliness sake. He needs to take a leaf from The Mighty Boosh or something.I don't know what to do with the book now - to release it into the wild risks subjecting others to the atrocity which is this book. To keep it would be taking up valuable shelf space.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rankin's oddball wit and humour occurs in droves in this wacky book about, no surprises, the forthcoming Armageddon. What it lacks is plot. The da-da-de-da-da Code is an amalgamation of old gags, renamed old characters and references to the plethora of Rankin books that paved the way to this one. It might even be suggested that Rankin just made this up as he went along, since that's how it reads. Yes, the trademark gags are here and there is some fresh material, however as a whole the book is tired and mostly redundant.
soliloquies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nowhere near as good as Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse. Liked the idea of using the Air-Loom gang as a plot device, but some of the plot was just crazy. Rankin seems overly fond of the word 'jobbie' in this book which annoyed me.
pauliharman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rankin doing what he does best - running gags, insanity, conspiracies, rock music, and lots of talking of the toot.
TheoClarke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Would this book be more enjoyable had I come to it cold, knowing nothing of Rankins previous work to which he makes so many references herein? I suspect not because the mainstays of the comedy is the use of absurdly overwrought running gags and a kind of silliness that is independent of its subject. The mystery structure is the critical weakness however because the solution was clear to me by the middle of the novel and the repetitive silliness lost its appeal without the engine of the puzzle driving it along.
brianclegg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Latest slice of lunacy from the master of madly humorous fantasy. Doesn't rely on catch phrases as much as some of his later works. Nice twist on the Sunset Boulevard theme of the hero floating dead at the start, then we backtrack.
Caspettee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Robert Rankin is an author you either get or you don't. I have read a few of his books with a couple being all time favorite books. This book had an interesting storyline and curious characters. Rankin injects lots silly comedy into the plot line which if you like that thing is fun but if you don't could be annoying. I didn't find this as rip snortingly funny as some of his previous books however it was a good read that was fun and entertaining.
wurdnurd More than 1 year ago
Normally, I love the British sense of humor, especially when it comes to satire; unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this one. The pacing was too chaotic, and the nonsense was on overload. It just felt like Rankin was trying waaaay too hard to be the bizarre one, and it came off as overkill. There were moments of hilarity, and small spaces where the satire was clean, but those moments were too few and far between.
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