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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The quote for today’s Teaser Tuesday is from Robert Rankin’s ‘Retromancer’. Called the “Frank Zappa of the SF/ Fantasy World” by the Fortean Times, this is a highly entertaining, off-the-wall account of complex time-travel, absurd magical encounters and medieval derring-do. Rankin’s prose is a gorgeous mash-up of quintessential English humour and pop culture references. If you are a fan of Monty Python, then I urge you to read this book IMMEDIATELY. It’s so much fun! Anyway, enough of my waxed lyricisms (is that a word? If it is, good. If not then from hereon let it be known that it is my copyrighted word). Here’s the teaser:

“I am a member of the Church of Banjeloleology. I know the local paper scorns and condemns our credos, but we are good people, Mr Rune, who mean no harm to others. All we ask for is the freedom to worship in the church of our choice. And the council agreed that as long as we eschew the practices of human sacrifice and drinking the blood of children, then we should be left to our own devices and desires.”

“Quite so,” said Hugo Rune. “Do you dance around in your bare scuddies at all?”

“Most of the time,” said Mr Hartnel. “Particularly on Thursday nights at nine at the Good Shepard Hall in South Ealing Road.”

“Many lady members?” Hugo Rune enquired.

“They outnumber gentlemen two to one.”

“I’ll tag Thursday night in my diary, then.”

The teaser is a bit long, but I wanted you to get the full effect of the narrative. Here’s hoping you put it on your TBR lists. You won’t regret it!