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A great introduction into the surreal world of Robert Rankin. A mysterious figure from the mists of time taking up lodging at the local seamen's mission, a handful of magic beans, and horrible demons. Of course we are all left waiting for a galant hero to save the day. Mr. Rankin of course does not provide, instead it is left for a couple of down and outs from the local pub to save the world! Robert Rankin has a flair for creating a world so mad that it is impossible to put down this book until you've finished and then only to reach for the next in the series.