Toy Town Older, Bigger, And Certainly Not Wiser The Old Rich, Who Have Made Their Millions From The Royalties On Their World Famous Nursery Rhymes, Are Being Murdered One By One A Psychopath Is On The Loose, And He Must Be Stopped At Any Cost It S A Job For Toy Town S Only Detective But He S Missing, Leaving Only Eddie Bear, And His Bestest Friend Jack, To Track Down The Mad Killer Robert Rankin is my favorite author who isn t distributed in the US While this may sound like faint praise, I really do enjoy his work It s silly, surreal, and thoroughly British riddled with in jokes and ex parte asides to the reader If someone dipped into my head and wrote books based on what I thought funny ought to be, the result might look like Hollow Chocolate Bunnies or Waiting for Godalming Keep your eyes peeled for the Big M, and always listen to your Holy Guardian Sprout. The key thing that I have taken away from reading this book is that Titles cannot be trusted Certainly the title of this book is brilliant I even love the little chocolate bunnies on the cover, glaring at me as they plot The concept presented on the back of the book is intriguing and will force those of you with unusual senses of humor to consider the purchase This is the point that you need to stop yourself, because for all of the pretty packaging, this book does not deliver I am a huge fan of Pratchett, Gaimen and Adams Rankin does not belong anywhere near their ranks The premise of the story is simple, a young na ve boy travels to The City to find his fortune What he finds is that he is now in Toy City and teamed up with a raggedy bear trying to solve a string of homicides Seems interesting enough the problem is that where this book should have been brilliant, it is not even mediocre The dialogue is beyond irritating, pages and pages of dialogue where no one actually says anything It s like listening to two pre teens having a conversation all of the key nouns are left out, the point is left out, and you have pages and pages of them babbling about things that don t have any meaning The characters are flat, which I am sure many will argue But they are toys, they shouldn t have huge personalities What I am saying is that I shouldn t be able to interchange all of the characters names and get the same effect Everyone talks the same, reacts the same, functions the same, they are all interchangeable Now they bill this book as having sex, violence and debauchery Hmmm okay they visit a brothel, and we re told that sex did happen as far as violence, we get to see the aftermath sometimes, otherwise our main characters are just told by another bland character such and such was killed and that s the end of it Debauchery, well we re told they drink a lot, but then when they are supposedly drunk, they proceed to act exactly the same as they did before other than we have to read a paragraph or nine about how the floor looked when they woke up The writing style may seem cutesy at first as if you are being told this story by a 10 year old Well let me enlighten all of you who don t have the pleasure of a 10 year old at home they suck at telling stories They go on and on and on and never actually get anywhere The good thing is that you can tell your 10 year old Okay get to the point but you can t do that with a book You have page after page of description about the moon or the floor, or a house but have no idea what most of the characters actually look like Was Eddie a fuzzy teddy bear or a sleek velveteen bear Who knows What kind of toy was TinTo actually supposed to have been Was Humpty Dumpty actually an egg Or a real person At some points in the story they imply he was an egg, and then in others he was a regular human Then we get to the end I won t spoil it other than to say huh Where did that come from and why I honestly wouldn t recommend this book to anyone I thought was of sound mind or menial intelligence It s no page turner 1 out of 5 stars. This is now the third investigation into the mysterious circumstances involving Humpty Dumpty s demise that I ve read, and I honestly think Jasper Fforde did it best in The Big Over Easy Here we have Jack, a 13 year old boy, and Eddie, a button eyed teddy bear who s an aspiring gumshoe, attempting to nab the culprit in a string of nursery rhyme character murders.I can t exactly say what went wrong here, but everything seems a little flat The fact that Eddie and Jack can t scrape up a personality between them may have something to do with it They re just not enchanting and their scenes together bored me to tears.If you like plot driven, mildly amusing fiction, then have at it I prefer SOLID chocolate bunnies. Oh, what fun A very smart, self aware book, that disguises itself well as a pulp detective novel Whilst clearly being a book for adults, it s the little bits that are written as if they are for kids that endear the reader most to the style of writing, and, ultimately, the book as a whole For example, when we first meet Madame Goose, she is described thusly Madame Goose, who was a goose, and a very large goose was she It s a style that not only fits perfectly with the characters and situations, but also sets the book apart from any would be similar reads.It s easy to bond with the main characters, and before you know it you ll be wishing you could join them standing on your head at Tinto s bar.Perhaps the bunnies of the title could have played a bigger part, and sure the ending gets a bit silly, but that s the point It s a tongue in cheek satirical look sideways at noir fiction.And really, it s as good as.
When Robert Rankin embarked upon his writing career in the late 1970s, his ambition was to create an entirely new literary genre, which he named Far Fetched Fiction He reasoned that by doing this he could avoid competing with any other living author in any known genre and would be given his own special section in WH Smith from Web Site Story Robert Rankin describes himself as a teller of tall
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- The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
- Robert Rankin
- 01 June 2018 Robert Rankin