The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age: A Novel

3.87 avg rating
( 290 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780575086388: The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age: A Novel
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Colonel Katterfelto has lately returned to London. He departed America under something of a cloud ... of smoke, issuing from his Spiritual Laboratory, which the townsfolk of Wormcast, Arizona, marched upon with their flaming torches. This catastrophic conflagration caused considerable concern to the pious colonel, who had been engaged in the creation of 'Heaven's last and best gift to Mankind', The Mechanical Messiah. And he was, after all, being guided in this Great Work by holy angels, communicating to him through his monkey butler, Darwin. It is 1897, twelve years since The War of the Worlds and two since Worlds War Two*. The British Empire encompasses Mars, and an uneasy peace exists between the peoples of Venus, Jupiter and Earth. In London there are many marvels of the modern age to be experienced. Amongst these is The Electric Alhambra Music Hall, where crowds thrill to The Earl Grey Whistle Test, a musical extravaganza featuring such top turns as Hayward's Acrobatic Kiwis, The Travelling Formbys and the newly-arrived Colonel Katterfelto's Clockwork Minstrels. But all is far from well in old Whitechapel, where a monster is once more abroad in the night-time streets, committing hideous acts of murder. Can this be the return of Jack the Ripper, or has something altogether unearthly materialised to spread fear, panic and mayhem? Something Hellishly evil?

Famed consulting detective Cameron Bell is already on the case, but it may take nothing less than the New Messiah Himself to save London, The Empire and all of the solar system from the impending apocalypse!

'Stark raving genius' Observer

*See The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and other Unnatural Attractions.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Robert Rankin is an unrepentant Luddite who writes his bestselling novels by hand in exercise books. He is one our Great British Eccentrics.

Review:

"It's easy to see why Rankin has a huge cult following. Drawing on a rich vein of English humour that encompasses Python, Adams and Stanshall, his comedy-fantasies are filled with pop culture references, music hall wordplay and ironic quips galore."  —BBC FOCUS on The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions

"Rankin's traditionally in-your-face humour is fully in evidence in Retromancer, gearing it up to 11 and rarely, if ever, letting go of the reader's attention. We loved it and we suspect that you might too."  —SciFi Now on Retromancer

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 14.95
US$ 14.40

Convert currency

Shipping: US$ 9.62
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780575086357: The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0575086351 ISBN 13:  9780575086357
Publisher: Gollancz, 2011
Hardcover

9780575086371: The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age (EXP)

Gollancz, 2011
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Rankin, Robert
Published by Victor Gollancz (2012)
ISBN 10: 0575086386 ISBN 13: 9780575086388
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Victor Gollancz, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. paperback / softback edition. 544 pages. 8.25x5.50x1.25 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0575086386

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.40
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.62
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Robert Rankin
Published by Gollancz (2012)
ISBN 10: 0575086386 ISBN 13: 9780575086388
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Gollancz, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0575086386

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.69
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Rankin, Robert
Published by Gollancz
ISBN 10: 0575086386 ISBN 13: 9780575086388
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Gollancz. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0575086386 Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Seller Inventory # XM-0575086386

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Rankin, Robert
Published by Gollancz (2012)
ISBN 10: 0575086386 ISBN 13: 9780575086388
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Gollancz, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110575086386

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.47
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Rankin, Robert
Published by Gollancz
ISBN 10: 0575086386 ISBN 13: 9780575086388
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Gollancz. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0575086386 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.0288595

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Robert Rankin
Published by Gollancz (2012)
ISBN 10: 0575086386 ISBN 13: 9780575086388
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Gollancz, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. paperback / softback. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0575086386n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 89.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds