I do seem to be flying through the Great Robert Rankin Re-read-athon at the moment, as here we are with another one already. First published in 1997, this is the fifth in the legendary Brentford Trilogy, and features all the usual suspects: Neville the part-time barman, Old Pete, the enigmatic Professor Slocombe and of course, Pooley and Omally.
The fun hinges around some long-lost documents – the Brentford Scrolls, which (due to some complaints about the change to the Gregorian calendar) would entitle the residents of Brentford to celebrate the new millennium a couple of years early. And by a curious coincidence, that date turns out to be the correct date, and if a certain ritual is enacted, then a new era of enlightenment, love and all manner of Good Things will begin. Our heroes are all for this of course, not to mention the prospect of making some money…
But there are Sinister Forces acting against them, as you might expect. Forces of evil who really don’t want that ritual to take place, and a mad scientist who decides that a spot of cloning using blood samples taken from the Turin Shroud would be a Good Idea.
Lots of the usual fun and games follow, with bad jokes, outrageous alcohol consumption and some rock and roll. Oh, and fireworks.