Thursday, 8 April 2010

Waiting for Godalming by Robert Rankin

I have liked Robert Rankin's books for about the last 5 years. He takes a swipe at fixed ideas while at the same time entertaining the reader with simple humour. This book is classic Robert Rankin and had probably more than it's fair share of humour.

We meet Icarus Smith - our hero - early on in the book but later meet the Rankin classic character Lazlo Woodbine (some call me Laz).

Icarus 'relocates' a briefcase that starts a chain of events that finally results in Laz solving, but not necessarily resolving, what he says is his last case.

At times you find that bit that you want to read out loud and share with whoever you share with and at times you are provoked into thinking - "Yes, what if....". At times you snigger, at times you smile and at times you laugh out loud. Yes, occasionally you groan too.

All in all a very entertaining read - why only three stars? Well we rate on 5 because everyone does but while this is not up to some of the four star material I have read recently it is not truly a three star either. Shall we agree on 3.5?

I would recommend this and other Robert Rankin's to readers of Terry Pratchett, Tom Holt and Andrew Harman. It's not the same, it's not that different but it entertains using the same muscles.

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