Robert Rankin – The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived

Once again, I have taken great risks with the last remaining traces of what, for the sake of this post, I will allege to be my sanity, and re-engaged with that long slow project I call the Great Robert Rankin Re-read-athon.

You might have thought you were safe after The Greatest Show Off Earth, but no. Here we are with the third in the Cornelius Murphy trilogy. Cornelius, you may recall, is not only the Stuff of Epics, but also the natural son of the notorious Hugo Rune, who is, as I’m sure you’ll have guessed, the Most Amazing Man of the title.

And in this book, Rune is of great significance, mainly because there’s more than one of him. Lots of him. Far too many of him, and most of them have an Evil Plan, which is far too convoluted to go into here. It involves Death and Destruction, Deceit and Deviousness, and probably some things beginning with letters other than D.

Fortunately for the world, Cornelius and his old friend Tuppe are on hand, aided only by two young ladies called, err, Thelma and Louise, a sheep alien being from somewhere else which I won’t reveal to keep things interesting and a recently deceased boy called Norman.

The story proceeds in a more confusing than usual manner, as the scene switches from one place to another so rapidly that you really have to pay attention to work out who just replied to whom, who’s doing what and where.

Can the Runes evil plan be foiled? Will you ever trust a car again after reading this? Will I think of any more questions? You’ll have to read the book to find out…