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The Sprouts of Wrath (Brentford #4)

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The fourth part of the "Brentford Trilogy". Amazing, but true, Brentford Town Council has agreed to host the next Olympic Games. However, something sinister is afoot in Brentford, and it is up to the regulars of The Flying Swan to save the world as we know it.
Paperback, 286 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Corgi Books (first published 1988)
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Dec 03, 2011 Isabel (kittiwake) rated it really liked it
'And the lights upon the allotment,' said Soap, 'what would you take those to be?'
'The work of the council,' said Omally firmly, 'another plot to confound honest golfers.'
Soap burst into a paroxysm of laughter. Tears rolled down his pale cheeks and he clutched at his stomach.
'Come now,' said Pooley, 'it is no laughing matter, these lads have it in for us.'
'Have it in for you?' gasped Soap between convulsions. 'You witness a test run of laser-operated gravitational landing beams, the product
Jan 07, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
As good as all of the others, been a while since I finished it and have three other authors books since so cannot give an accurate opinion of the book, but suffice to say thta Pooley and O'Malley are still my homeboys ! :-)
Saoirse Sterling
[Quick review from memory until I re-read and re-review at a later date:

Well, the blurb made me chortle but in general I have no memory.]
Simon Mcleish
Oct 25, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.

The fourth of Rankin's Brentford series is written along much the same lines as the first three. Following accidents and sabotage, Birmingham has to cancel its Olympics bid at the last minute, and a mysterious sponsor allows Brentford borough council to step in and take over. A stadium appears overnight, in the form of a pentagram made from a revolutionary new anti-gravitational substance, tethered in the air over the buildings of the London
Aug 19, 2012 Shane rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
This is the fourth in the trilogy(that isn't really a trilogy) and this time Pooley, Omalley & co. are once more fighting the forces of darkness, this time against the backdrop of the Olympics. To be honest, I think you could run these characters through any situation or adventure with success. The story itself really is more of the same and could do with an injection of a little more originality at this point, but still, I look forward to these ones.

All in all, I think if you're looking for
Apr 04, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
The London (Brentford) Olympics and the end of the world?
One might think that Robert Rankin had jumped on the whole 2012 end of the world bandwagon.
Not so, this book was first released in 1988 and was just every so aptly released by Mr Rankin himself as an e-book for the kindle.

Want to see how the world will end? Well this probably isn't it, but it is an immensley fun read.
Feb 24, 2016 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Brentford becomes the home of the Olympics, and everything is not as it seems. Something evil is lurking. More story driven than previous books, this has a feeling of finality to it. There are parts that will make you smile, as always. It does get quite dark near the end though, with the fight against evil. A good read.
Oct 20, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
Maybe I should have read the first three books in the trilogy before starting the 4th volume. But it was still funny and easy to follow. Much like Pratchett, and set in fave place.
Apr 01, 2008 Eireanngobrach rated it it was amazing
Pure madness but in a very good way. This is just so funny.....dare I say it .... the thinking man's Terry Pratchett. The best thing about this "trilogy" is that it comes in 4 parts !
Feb 22, 2007 Jed rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Looking for something funny
This is an overlooked hilarious british author. If you like Douglas Adams, hit this guy up.
Feb 27, 2009 Mollie marked it as wishlist
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Sep 30, 2015 Oliver rated it really liked it
Superb! Can't wait to read the next one...
Paul Devall
Dec 05, 2011 Paul Devall rated it it was amazing
Proper Rankin. Brentford.
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