By: Robert Rankin
Genre: Fantasy, humor
1) You enjoy a good detective story
2) You like beer
3) You always found the details of Humpty Dumpty's death to be a tad too suspicious
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse has got to be one of my favorite book titles to ever exist. This being so, I automatically HAD to read the book and see if the story could deliver as much as the title. The verdict? Not quite, but still good.
Jack, a sarcastic and pompous yet still fairly loveable character, has traveled to Toy City in search of fame and fortune; every young boys dream right? Well, Jack is in for a bit of a surprise. He wasn't expecting to find Toy City plagued by a crazed serial killer, a talking stuffed bear, or that he enjoyed beer so much. He also discovers that there is just something a little peculiar about the inhabitants of TOY City. Now I won't say exactly what is strange about TOY City but it should already be fairly obvious...TOY. Dead horse down.
Along the way, Jack picks up a sidekick. Eddiebear, filled with sawdust, loyal to his owner, and loves to drink. He has some trouble getting drunk though due to the whole being stuffed with sawdust thing, because the alcohol naturally soaks down to his feet making it difficult for him to move. However, this is no ordinary stuffed bear we are talking about. This is Eddiebear, an innovative detective's assistant. He has discovered that all he needs to do to get the alcohol to his head is turn upside down. I however prefer my bear to be sober and capable of fighting off monsters in the dark while I huddle beneath my blankets for safety.
Anyways, he is the former bear of Toy City's famed detective Bill Winkie who has recently gone missing. Together Eddiebear and Jack decide to put an end to these horrendous and disturbing murders. Seriously hideous. Let's just say Little Boy Blue and his trumpet got a little too intimate.
The dialogue and banter is heavy throughout the book and classically dry and sarcastic. I understand not everyone is a fan of such humor but I am, and if you are too you should enjoy this book.
Some parts get a little carried away and last a little longer than necessary but then you come across a horse named Anthrax and all is forgiven. It's childishly funny yet creatively witty. Although not all of my initial expectations were met, (including a severe lack in the chocolate bunny department) I still greatly enjoyed this book. It was as good as...