From the point of view of 2050, you're history Theological warfare. Elvis on an epic time-travel journey - the Presliad. Buddhavision - a network bigger than God (and more powerful, too). Nasty nuclear leftovers. Naughty sex habits. Dalai Dan (the 153rd reincarnation of the Lama of that ilk) and Barry, the talkative Time Sprout. Even with all this excitement, you wouldn't think a backwater planet like Earth makes much of a splash in the galatic pond.
But the soap opera called The Earthers is making big video bucks in the intergalactic ratings race. And alien TV execs know exactly what the old earth drama needs to make the off-world audience sit up and stare: a spectacular Armageddon-type finale. With a cast of millions - including you! DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL - IT'S GONNA BE A HELLUVA SHOW!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/04/1991
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780552136815
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Review by Homechicken
Few books can make me laugh on the first page. This one did. Rankin is a supremely funny author. Full of decidedly British humour, it's about an alien race that uses the Earth as its own reality show. They interfere when the ratings get down, even though they really aren't supposed to. It's a fun and entertaining read, and I look forward to the sequel.Did I mention that the entire end of the world thing was Elvis' fault?
Review by rincewind1986
The first of a truly wonderful trilogy. One is left wondering what type of mind could come up with such bizarre ideas, larger than life characters and a plot that would make any acid trip seem somehow avergae. When trying to describe this book to a friend i found myself talking absolute gibberish as i tried to describe how th world has come to an end and is now controlled by the Dalhi Llama, with elvis running around and a talking sprout. An absolute must read as are the two sequels.
Review by salimbol
Inventive ideas, biting satire, earthy British humour - all very good things - but I still found it no more than mildly funny. Too much "nudge nudge wink wink" and not enough real humanity to tickle my funnybone, I think.
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Review by martensgirl
I picked up my first Robert Rankin book for 8 years and I confess that I had forgotten how funny his works are. I found the plot of this book somewhat confusing, but the Pratchett-meets-smut text got me through.
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