The Da Da De Da Da Code

The world s Master of Far Fetched Fiction takes us into the heart of the Da Da De Da Da Code, wherein lies the music of the angels and the music of the devil Aliens, flying saucers from hell, the Multiverse, the Illuminati every wacky, way out conspiracy theory ever heard are all here, wrapped into a plot that will leave Dan Brown fans breathless, Michael Shea readers stuThe world s Master of Far Fetched Fiction takes us into the heart of the Da Da De Da Da Code, wherein lies the music of the angels and the music of the devil Aliens, flying saucers from hell, the Multiverse, the Illuminati every wacky, way out conspiracy theory ever heard are all here, wrapped into a plot that will leave Dan Brown fans breathless, Michael Shea readers stupefied, and Raymond Khoury lovers incredulous Robert Rankin s previous books include The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse and The Witches of Chiswick.
The Da Da De Da Da Code The world s Master of Far Fetched Fiction takes us into the heart of the Da Da De Da Da Code wherein lies the music of the angels and the music of the devil Aliens flying saucers from hell the Mult

  • Title: The Da Da De Da Da Code
  • Author: Robert Rankin
  • ISBN: 9780575070110
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Robert Rankin writes in a language that, at first, appears to be English. After reading for a while you realise that it isn't. Once you've adjusted your brain to this new language I like to refer to as Rankish you can follow and enjoy this novel. You might have trouble dealing with the real world with your brain in this state but good on you for trying.

    2. And Jonny shone the torch before him and found that little hatchway affair, switched off the torch and removed the hatchway affair. The hatchway affair lay behind a portrait of Sir Henry Crawford, many times great-granddaddy of the recently deceased James. This portrait hung over the fireplace in Princess Amelia's sitting room. And the little hatchway removed the eyes from the portrait, to be replaced by the eyes of Jonny Hooker. Just like in those old-fashioned movies, which sometimes starred B [...]

    3. A young musician troubled with mental health problems is presented with an opportunity to do the first meaningful thing of his life when he is invited to win a competition. Before long, he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy involving sinister evil powers, exploding heads, Robert Johnson and the devil's chord. What can it all mean?This dreadfully-named book is more interesting for its peripheries than its content: it has an accompanying soundtrack album (with a peculiar steel drum blues track), an [...]

    4. Sigh, complicated.What's been good:- I enjoyed most of the slugfest scenes between the main character Johnny Hooker and his imaginary friend Mr. Giggles. Kinda reminded me of The Darkness' Jackie Estacado and his Darkling.- The epilog of the book provides you with a download link to an accompanying soundtrack, which is an awesome idea. Would've preferred to get this at the beginning or during the book though.- The general idea of the plot's not that bad.What's been bad:- The execution of plot an [...]

    5. The story centres around Jonny Hooker, a young man living in North London who has an imaginary friend and plays in a band. One day he gets a letter telling him he’s won a competition, but investigating the source of this mysterious letter leads him to uncover conspiracies, musical trivia, secret societies, groupies and grisly murders.I’d been quite disappointed with the last couple of Rankin books (couldn’t even finish Brightonomicon) so was hoping this would be a return to the page-turnin [...]

    6. [Short review from memory until I re-read and re-review at a later date:Well, Rankin. You know. But, who knows what happens.]

    7. Pretty typical Rankin, full of running gags, conspiracy theories, pop culture references, local colo(u)r, the impending end of the world, and absurd plots. The protagonist this time is Jonny Hooker, a paranoid guitarist who can't get his childhood imaginary friend out of his head, who gets wrapped up in mystery involving blues musician Robert Johnson and the Air Loom. There are several myths surrounding Johnson, one of the first known famous musicians to have died at the age of twenty-seven, and [...]

    8. The Da Da De Da Da Code tells the story about how Jonny Hooker attempts to unravel the mystery behind why so many musicians die at the age of 27, while saving the world and doing the usual sorts of things that Rankin's characters are fond of doing. The running gags are all here, there are many visits to pubs, ladies in straw hats, near constant banter between a main character and a sidekick. (In this case the side kick takes the form of a voice in Jonny's head, named Mr Giggles- as opposed to a [...]

    9. Rankin's oddball wit and humour occurs in droves in this wacky book about, no surprises, the forthcoming Armageddon. What it lacks is plot. The da-da-de-da-da Code is an amalgamation of old gags, renamed old characters and references to the plethora of Rankin books that paved the way to this one. It might even be suggested that Rankin just made this up as he went along, since that's how it reads. Yes, the trademark gags are here and there is some fresh material, however as a whole the book is ti [...]

    10. Robert Rankin at the peak of his powers, I can't praise this highly enough. A perfect marriage of humour and speculative fiction, with added blues. There is nothing to dislike here.

    11. "Okay, so it's all fun and games until someone loses a head, is that it, Mr. Rankin?""N-no that's when the fun and games start."Or so it would appear, anyway. Rest assured that, whatever else he might be, Robert Rankin is a much better writer—loads better; infinitely better, trust me—than the Author Who Shall Not Be Named Here, he whose bazillions-selling book is being loosely parodied in this novel. This particular farrago of plot inconsistencies and conspiracy theories actually, despite it [...]

    12. I came across this author while looking for something about Terry Pratchett. Google had somehow linked them (among others). I had never heard of this person! And we had two books of his right on our library shelves! I immediately checked them out.At the very beginning I could see the connection - the two rangers discussing the headless corpse. Well, one was talking about it while the other was tossing his cookies. This reminded me a bit of Sgt. Colon and Cpl. Nobbs. I settled in, although the he [...]

    13. The style of writing in this book took a lot of getting used to and is bloody ridiculous, most of the time i had no idea what anyone was banging on about. I contemplated not finishing this book in the beginning but I ploughed through and found that the main plot is actually a really good mystery, it made me want to find out what happens to our main character Jonny. The music theme is really cool too I liked the robert johnson storyline the best, but there is just too much going on around simulta [...]

    14. It took me forever to get through this one. When I started it last weekend, I got through the first half quickly, then it bogged down. I'm accustomed to better from Rankin, and I am fairly disappointed. Part of it is probably because they reveal on page one that our hero, Jonny, ends up floating headless in an ornamental pond. I kept thinking there would be a twist and it wasn't him, or his head was just invisible (there are invisibility suits - unreliable ones - that surface in the story. Jonny [...]

    15. Robert Rankin has obviously carved out his niche enough, and has fans enough, that despite the contrary footnotes attributed to "Ed." in this work, he seemingly no longer uses an editor. So much of this book does not work. The sheer volume of (attempted) jokes, ridiculousness and way-out plotting is a shell game con-job. A dizzying blur of motion distracting the reader from the destination of the "pea": which, if we were to continue the metaphor, may be the central story, or the main character, [...]

    16. I've read two books by Robert Rankin now and I feel like I'm just reading the same book over again. Substitute a teddy bear for a monkey, a clockwork bartender with an emotionless human bartender, and a teenage "detective" with a 27 year old one. There are some interesting ideas in the book that could make for a riveting story, but, I find there is too much absurdity for absurdity's sake. If he could just tone down the "running gags", that aren't very funny to begin with, and hold back on the po [...]

    17. Rankin is mad! Utterly, irredeemadly mad! But entertaining. There is a madness here that explains much in our world: a world ruled not by the controllers (including her Madge, Elvis, and Bob the Dog) but by those who control the controllers. It's all about music - the book even has a soundtrack (check the back of the book for the link - this should have been right up front so I could listen as I read). Be prepared to use the all-knowing Google if you are not up with the Devil's chord, Robert Joh [...]

    18. I'm not sure if it's because I've read too many of Mr Rankin's books or if it's because the quality is waning but I've not enjoyed the last 2 that I've read, including this one.The plot - what there is of it - is all over the place. The characters are instantly forgettable and one dimensional and the humour is repetitive.I probably won't read any more of his books as I get the feeling that once you've read around half a dozen, the spell wears off. I may revisit one of the earlier ones to test my [...]

    19. I'd have to agree with Rob and Bob. I've read at least 12 or so of Robert Rankin's books and I would have to say The Da Da De Da Da Code and The Toyminator were the weakest. The Toyminator had it's moments but The Da Da De Da Da Code relied too heavily on running gags that have carried previous books. I love Rankin's running gags but in previous efforts he has switched hilariously from one to another. Too much of the same in his last couple of efforts but still one of the funniest and one of my [...]

    20. So you've read Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, and you are looking for something else in that British fantasy/satire vein. If there is nothing else for you to turn to, then read Robert Rankin. Rankin's jokes don't really pop like those of the other two authors listed above. He seems to rely on the idea that if the situation is funny, then so are the jokes. There are a few good laughs, but mostly it seems forced. Also, the running gags cross the line into "same joke told over and over" territo [...]

    21. It's fitting that this book is centered around music, because like experimental jazz, you get the feeling that maybe somebody gets this, but it's not you. I can only surmise that this book is funnier if you are British. My own experience was that while Rankin has some interesting ideas, he ends up missing more than hitting. It was like reading someone who wants to emulate Pratchett's sense of absurdity, but can't quite match that master's skill. I may try another Rankin book just to see if this [...]

    22. I wish the fancy plot would not have had such a mediocre conclusion.Having enthusiastically read most part of the book I thought "I wonder how he will make THIS thing work out" but unfortunately the very ending was a bit on the lame side for me.This will not be my last Rankin though - I liked the tangy style of his writing a lot and who else would come up with things like the 'Air Loom Gang' or 'Mr. Giggles the Monkey Boy'?

    23. Normally, I love the British sense of humor, especially when it comes to satire; unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into this one. The pacing was too chaotic, and the nonsense was on overload. It just felt like Rankin was trying waaaay too hard to be the bizarre one, and it came off as overkill. There were moments of hilarity, and small spaces where the satire was clean, but those moments were too few and far between.

    24. A journey into a post apocalyptic world where earth can only be saved by a man who talks to an imaginary monkey. There is also interesting facts about music and the devils interval. The book has a soundtrack too with a version of the dance of the sugar plum fairy played on steel drums. Found myself looking for da da de da da when listening to music now. Highly funny, ridiculous with silly conversations and subtext.

    25. I like Robert Rankin - have since I read The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse. Thought I would binge and ordered some other titles. This took about six months to read, mainly as I took periodic breaks from it. It was an enjoyable read, at times perversely so, but not as enjoyable as Bunnies. I am also tired of Count Otto after reading The Witches of Chiswick I have four more Rankin titles in the stack and use them as "inbetweeners" or palate cleansers from more serious fodder

    26. This book should really be on the "attempted-to-read" shelf, if I had one, which I don't, and I'm too lazy to create one, just now.The back cover of the book has a single review, and the review is, "Stark raving mad." I concur whole-heartedly. While the writing is clever and the ideas inventive, I had a really hard time getting into the story. I could see that the book was trying to go somewhere, but I didn't have the patience to follow it.

    27. I think you either have to love Monty Python type humour or be on drugs to truly appreciate Robert Rankin's books. Or both. If he had tightened up the story, I think I would've enjoyed it a lot more. I thought the ending was really good, but it was all the extraneous stuff in the middle that was difficult to slog through.

    28. I enjoyed the plot, the characters and the utter silliness of the whole thing but I did find the book hard work. It it not a book that can be picked up after a few days easily and it certainly isn't bed time reading. You need to be completely switched on and concentrating to follow what is happening.

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