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Review of The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code by Robert Rankin

Robert Rankin’s latest volume of madness came out while I was still in Korea, but after my last credit card had expired, so I’d been waiting a few months to get hold of it and my anticipation was duly high. Unfortunately, The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Which isn’t to say that it was bad, by any means. It has all the classic Rankin elements: a dastardly plot to destroy the world, a gormless hero and much talking of toot. What it doesn’t have is a typical sidekick. Jonny Hooker (our hero) has an imaginary friend in the form of a fez- and waistcoat-wearing monkey, Mr Giggles, but Mr Giggles doesn’t appear to be entirely sympathetic to Jonny’s quest. It also has an unusual ending – for a Rankin book; I won’t say more here.

The humour is pretty typical, but it has a certain bleakness. It also doesn’t quite add up in some respects: some things are left unexplained and the nature of the bad guys is not entirely satisfactory – they appear to come out of nowhere periodically, attempt to screw things up for the world, then go away again for a couple of hundred years. I suppose one doesn’t really read Robert Rankin for the consistency of the plot and backstory, but The Blah-Blah-Blah Code wasn’t as good as some of his other novels. (It does contain a Metallica reference, though, which improves it somewhat.)

The hardback version comes with a free CD featuring songs co-written by the Lad Himself. I should really get round to listening to it.

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Categories: Literature, Reviews
  1. Will
    15 October 2007 at 8:38 pm

    The cds alright. The only songs I really care about are track 6 and 7. 6 has a kind of industrial set up and 7 is bluesy.

  2. 16 October 2007 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks. I will get round to checking it out one of these days.

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