'To call Rankin irreverent doesn't begin to describe just how good he is at playing with the rules' MIRRORGary Cheese is twenty-two years of age and works for British Telecom as an operator.
Gary's hobbies include watching TV, walking his dog Princey, going down the pub with his mates, and attempting to re-animate the dead.
He hasn't been having too much success with the latter so far.
But Gary's heard a rumour. According to this bloke he met down the pub, there exists certain telecommunications technology that can actually let you speak to the dead.
Apparently it's been in operation for years. FLATLINE, it's called, a chatline to the dead. They ran all these ads on the TV a few years ago to prepare the public for it.
Those ones about having a one-to-one with famous dead people.
But it seems something went very wrong: the dead had certain things to say to the living that the powers that be couldn't allow to be heard. Or something. Apparently. Gary's determined to find out the truth. Gary's a bit of a fan boy and Gary really wants to speak to all of his dead heroes. And Gary will have the time of his life when he talks to the dead.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/04/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552148979
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Review by LJT
I had heard that Rankin's work was on par with Terry Pratchett's but I just did not enjoy this at all. It was way too heavy handed. And boring. Glad I got it out of the library rather than buying it.