The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin

Opening Sentence:‘Once upon a time,’ said the big fat farmer, ‘it was all fields around here.’

Once upon a time Jack set out to seek his fortune in the big city.

But Jack gets a bit lost on the way and wanders off the map. And when he finally comes to a big city, it is Toy City, formerly known as Tow Town, and it has grown considerably since the good old days and isn’t all that jolly any more. For there is a serial killer loose upon the streets of Toy City.

One by one, the old rich nursery rhyme characters, who made their millions from the royalties on their best-selling rhymes, are being brutally slaughtered. First to die is Humpty Dumpty, prominent city swell, boiled alive in his swimming pool. Next is Little Boy Blue, Toy City’s leading fashion designer, shish-kebabbed on his own shepherd’s crook.

The Toy City police are getting nowhere. Bill Winkie, Private Eye, has also mysteriously vanished, leaving only his sidekick, Eddie Bear, a battered teddy with an identity crisis, to take care of business.

But Eddie’s ready to take on the challenge and when he teams up with Jack, the two set out on an epic adventure that will ultimately lead them into uncharted realms of the human psyche. Not to mention a lot of heavy drinking, gratuitous sex and violence, bizarre toy fetishism and all-round grossness. Of a type not normally associated with Toy Town.
Comments:It was the title of this book that first caught my attention, and if you thought it presaged a really weird story, you were right. Whether you love it or hate it, The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse was certainly unique. Odd, quirky, funny and, at times, a little disturbing, this is one story you will not forget in a hurry. Though the end is a little lame (what can you expect from a fairy-tale?), the main part of the story is a maze of false starts and strange motives. I will certainly be looking out for more work by this author.

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