Much as I’d love it to be genuine … because it would justify my, dearly held, prejudice that Americans are congenital imbeciles and should be ridiculed at every opportunity … it could be that someone has an absurdist sense of humour not dissimilar to our own (curse them).

Equally, therefore, is it, perhaps, possible that the person suggesting the book had no sales rank because it was a good book was being witheringly scornful … or ‘trolling’ as I believe you kids term it these days?

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.