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The Garden of Unearthly Delights (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Rankin

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  • Länge: 249 Seiten (geschätzt)
  • Sprache: Englisch
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In a world ruled by magic, one man has to live by his wits alone. That man is Maxwell Karrien and he has been flung forward in time, from our Age into quite another.
For human history is composed of Ages. The Stone Age. The Iron Age. The Bronze Age. And later, The Age of Reason, The Age of Steam and The Age of Technology. But no-one was expecting that The Age of Technology would unexpectedly come to an end, to be replaced by The Age of Magic.
An Age of heroes and heroines, magic and myth, wizardry and wonder.
So Maxwell - now Max Carrion, Imagineer - is plunged into a world of Reg-Varney-worshipping cargo-cultists, camp knights, gorgeous news-crumpet, cricket-playing animal gods and hidden cities, and sets out to make his way in this new world with some mystification, but not without good intentions. The problem is, as ever it was, that the man with good intentions can so often really screw things up. With hilarious consequences. And when Maxwell finds himself forced by an evil soul-stealing magician to embark upon an esoteric quest, the potential for disastrous mis-adventures is given full head.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights is Robert Rankin’s loving homage to the Dying Earth novels of Jack Vance: novels that greatly influenced the young Rankin when he read them as a child in the 1950s.
Although now recognised to be a classic in the fields of both Far Fetched Fiction and Science Fantasy, The Garden of Unearthly Delights was initially disliked by Rankin’s then publisher and unappreciated by critics, who were taken aback by the author’s foray into Fantasy Fiction. However the author considers it to be one of the best books he has ever written and upon preparing the typescript for publication as an ebook, he found little or nothing that he wished to change and being the big old softy that he is, he even had a little cry at the end.
It is to be hoped that at last this little-known masterpiece (“Under-rated book by an under-rated author” - 5-star review by A. Customer, will receive the wider audience and appreciation that it so rightly deserves, and if you don’t believe us, check out the book’s other 5-star reviews right here on amazon!


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic Rankin 28. Januar 2014
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I was able to pick this up when it was offered for free. As usual with Robert Rankin, I had no clue what to expect, since he can go all over the place in his books, but there is always a twist that was not expected. Great writing, and I look forward to reading more Robert Rankin books.
2.0 von 5 Sternen Starts Terribly and Improves up to Pretty Bad 1. August 2014
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The only other book of Robert Rankin's that I've read is his The Antipope (The Brentford Trilogy Book 1). That was acceptable, but nothing that made me want to read anything more by him. Then I saw that his "The Garden of Unearthly Delights" was on sale for ninety-nine cents, so I said "what the heck," and bought it. Unfortunately, "The Garden of Unearthly Delights" doesn't even hold a candle to "The Antipope." The first two chapters were so bad that I almost put the book down. But, having spent all that money, I forged on. And, I'll admit, the story got better. By the time it had reached the two-thirds point, it was almost tolerable. But, at the point, the writing basically fluctuated around that level and possibly even declined a bit. In a nutshell, the book feels like it was written by a child (not FOR a child, but BY a child). The prose just jumps from one bit of silliness to the next with very little coherency. Initially, I wondered if Rankin was going for an Alice in Wonderland (Illustrated) "dream-like" feeling. Then, since there are a few hints here and there, I wondered if he was trying for the feeling of a protagonist undergoing a mental breakdown. But, no. There's nothing like that. Rankin just chose to write this book in this manner just because. I'm not happy with it at all and am rating it at a Pretty Bad 2 stars out of 5. Read the "Look Inside" bit on Amazon's product page for the book. It contains the first two chapters. If you like that, go ahead and try it. Otherwise, avoid it.

UPDATE: It's a small universe. The very next book I read (Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas) after this one uses the same "meta-construct." That's just a word I made up because I can't really describe it. Not the theme of the book. Not the writing technique. But, more like the idea behind the two. And, where Rankin's "The Garden of Unearthly Delights" fails, Scalzi's "Redshirts" succeeds. So, if you're interested in a quasi-similar book that's really well done, give that a try.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Robert Rankin as you've never read before! 18. Januar 2014
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A different Rankin book (more Fantasy than Sci-fi) but a LOT of fun! When he steps out of his comfort zone (see also the INCREDIBLY dark Fandom of the Operator) the reader gets GREAT results!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen fishmonger finds fiendish freak fondling french fries 18. Januar 2014
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What can you say about Robert Rankin, but that he still has all his teeth and a few extra to spare
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