The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin

 

FantasyHollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the ApocalypseRobert Rankin; Gollancz 2003WorldCatWhen the country boy travels to the city for the first time, he expects adventure. Jack couldn’t have guessed the adventure he would discover when he traveled to Toy Town.

Jack worked in a clockwork factory. He decided to leave for the big city. When he arrives in the city, things aren’t what he expects. He’s in Toy Town. He ends up in a bar. One of the first “people” he meets is Eddie, a teddy bear. Eddie is Bill Winkie’s assistant. Bill Winkie is Toy Town’s detective – and he is missing. Eddie takes Jack back to the office for the night. The next morning Eddie convinces Jack to pretend he is Bill Winkie.

Bill was investigating the murder of Humpty Dumpty. Somehow Humpty, the oldest of the Preadolescent Poetic Personality richest members of Toy Town, was boiled in his swimming pool. Eddie convinces Jack they have to find Humpty’s murderer. Then perhaps they can find Bill, too. Then they learn there are more deaths – Little Boy Blue is the next victim. Jack and Eddie are looking for a serial murderer.

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse is a satire in the tradition of Jasper Fforde, although much bawdier. This Robert Rankin novel was published about a year after The Eyre Affair. But since Rankin has been writing since the 1970’s he may have inspired Fforde (this is the first novel I’ve read by Rankin, so I don’t know).

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse is hilarious at times. But I found that it is not at witty and at times tedious. I often laughed out loud, but that was usually at short well worded snippets of humor. Overall, the humor in this book couldn’t keep my interest.

Some of the good word play, though, can be seen in this quote:

“It is a fact well known to those who know it well that we can only truly know what we personally experience. Above and beyond that, it’s all just guesswork and conjecture.

“Of course there are those who will take issue with this evident profundity. They will say ‘Ah, but what to we really understand by truly know and personally experience?’ But to these issue takes we must say, ‘Get a life and get a girlfriend.'”

These are the paragraphs that kept me entertained throughout the book. Otherwise, well…

Notice:  Suggestive dialogue or situations

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