Jack has abandoned his job at the clockworks factory and set off for the big city, hoping to find fame and fortune. Unfortunately, luck is not on his side. In fact the only luck he seems to have is bad. Along the way, he's almost murdered by a cannibalistic farmer and when he eventually does make it to the city, his horse is stolen and he's knocked unconscious and robbed. When he comes to, he's stunned to see a ragged stuffed toy bear staring back at him. Jack quickly learns that the "big city" is actually Toy City (formerly Toy Town), a place where toys are alive and the characters from nursery rhymes are local celebrities. And there's a seriel killer on the loose. When Humpty Dumpty turns up boiled to death in his swimming pool, Jack teams up with Eddie Bear, the brains behind Detective Bill Winkie (who's gone missing), and the two try to uncover who or what has been brutally murdering the rich and famous nursey rhyme characters of Toy City.
Filled with "...a lot of heavy drinking, bad behavior, fast car chases, gratuitous sex and violence, bizarre toy fetishism and all-round grossness of a type not normally associated with Toy Town", the Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse was one of the best books I've read in years. Absolutely freaking hilarious, I could not put this down. I don't remember exactly how or when I came across this book title; it was likely an Amazon recommended book based on something else I'd searched for. It sounded interesting though and I added it to my wish list. The always fabulous Alun surprised me by sending a copy for my birthday last month and I could not wait to dive into it. I finished it yesterday, taking an extra long break in the afternoon just to ensure I polished off those last few pages.
If you're a fan of Robert Aspirin or Terry Pratchett, chances are you'll become a fan of Robert Rankin as well. I'm looking forward to picking up a copy of the sequel, The Toyminator, very soon!