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30 June 2006 @ 11:55 pm
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse  
by Robert Rankin

A serial killer stalks the nursery rhyme characters of Toy City, leaving hollow chocolate bunnies at the scene of the crime to taunt the police; Jack (a boy who has come to the city to seek his fortune) and Eddie (an alcoholic teddy bear with a corroborative noun problem) have taken it upon themselves to use their detective skills to apprehend the killer. Wacky hijinks and apocalyptic prophecies ensue.

I think the first chapter is a remarkably good barometer for whether or not you will enjoy the rest of the book - read it before you take it off of somebody's hands. This is a novel written by a clever author with clever characters who aren't afraid to take some time out and be clever for the audience, in a manner similar to Douglas Adams. Some people will find this endearing, and some people will find it to be juvenile crap. I love that sort of thing when it is done well, and this is done well.

As I was explaining it to sinister_dr_x : it's like a series of hilariously enjoyable ball-yanks through a fanciful world of nursery rhyme celebrity and debauchery. Okay, I added that last bit just now, but you get the idea.
 
 
 
Abra SWcloudscudding on July 1st, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
You have read Jasper Fforde's novel's then, yes?
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on July 1st, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Um, HUH?
I understand that they exist, and that they are about fictional characters in some capacity, but I haven't touched them since I found it was a series and I have volume III.
Doomutilitygeek on July 1st, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
I saw that in the bookstore once, and almost bought it on the strength of the title alone. Unfortunately, I already had about $45 worth of paperbacks in my stack.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: GNUdiscoflamingo on July 1st, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
See, that's what my brother did (the strength of the title thing), and he has never looked back.

But about twenty people on Amazon insist that is their worst mistake ever, so I'm at a bit of an impasse.