Once again the week is beginning and im here to give you my thoughts for something to get you through the week, and this week im digging into my old reading archives for a sci-fi comedy book unlike any other ive ever read. This weeks recommendation comes from the brilliant literary mind of Robert Rankin (who I saw at the London MCM last weekend) and is one of the greatest books that he has written, and when you consider he also wrote the brilliant weird and funny ‘Brentford Trilogy’ that really is saying something, so this week im recommending ‘The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse’ and here’s why
Lets be real here, Robert Rankin writes bizarre science fiction that is really kind of out there at times however it’s always thoroughly engaging and truly well written and never has this been more true than with ‘Bunnies’ as the story itself seems completely absurb and child like but trust me there is nothing child friendly about this book and that’s what gives it the edge it needed to succeed.
The premise of the book is as follows: Once upon a time Jack set out to find his fortune in the big city. But the big city is Toy City, formerly known as Toy Town, and it has grown considerably since the good old days and isn’t all that jolly any more. And there is a serial killer loose on the streets. The old, rich nursery rhyme characters are being slaughtered one by one and the Toy City police are getting nowhere in their investigations. Meanwhile, Private Eye Bill Winkie has gone missing, leaving behind his sidekick Eddie Bear to take care of things.
Eddie may be a battered teddy with an identity crisis, but someone’s got to stop the killer. When he teams up with Jack, the two are ready for the challenge. Not to mention the heavy drinking, bad behaviour, car chases, gratuitous sex and violence, toy fetishism and all-round grossness along the way. It’s going to be an epic adventure!
Now if that doesn’t do enough to whet your appetite to read it right there then there’s a problem- however i can understand why you might be thinking What is This?? Well in one word this book is ‘Amazing’ and mainly due to the way the characters are written, Eddie is just as you would expect he’s a complete wash out of a private detective with a drink and sex problem that provides some amazing moments of comedy and really allows for him to interact and view the world (which is already weird) in totally insane way. However there is more to the bear than that, he has a genuine desire to be a hero that shines through and drives him, add this to the complete use of colourful language and substances that are ver present in the hands and mouth of Eddie and you truly do get a redemption story of sorts for the poor detective bear that is engrossing rom the beginning. Now the other main protagonist is ‘Jack’ who in a world full of nursery rhyme characters and toys is a real human man- so you can imagine the level of character interaction and questioning of the whole world this adds, and it helps to give the book a sort of grounded feel when you here Jack questioning if this is all real as he goes along with the investigation into the murders. These two truly are a great pairing for lead characters and make this story the must read it is.
The second star of this book is the environment and the world that Robert Rankin creates as from the first description of the crazy and character filled world you cant help but fall in love with the colourful buildings, child like scenery and the whole host of characters that are mentioned. This love for the world only deepens too as the story progresses and you find out more about Toy City and what it was before it fell into ruin and decay and you really begin to route for the heroes in the hope that if they succeed the world will once again be put back to its glory and you get a glimpse at what this magnificent town looked like when it was at its prime.
If you want your books bizarre, full of adult humour and sci-fi this truly is a book you should read. So go on get reading.