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A funny fantasy novel written by Robert Rankin. It is about Jack, a young boy who runs away from home to a nearby city to seek his fortune. This city turns out to be Toy City, a dystopia with Living Toys. He befriends Eddie Bear, a teddy bear private detective, and investigates the serial murders of nursery rhyme characters. Followed by The Toyminator a few years later.


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  • Bizarrchitecture: The houses are made of alphabet blocks.
  • Body Horror: The woman/spider/things give Jack a serious case of the heebie-jeebies.
  • Clock Punk: Everything from guns to cars run on clockwork mechanisms. As do, unsurprisingly, some of the toys.
  • Evil Twin: Sredna Sredna is the evil twin of the Toymaker.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Discussed, as Sredan has the unfortunate acronym of PRIMROS, without the E. They would prefer SPLAT or ZARK. Eddie suggests TWAT, which PRIMROSE rather likes, apparently not knowing what it means.
  • Genre Savvy: Jack has read aaallll the Bill Winkie Thrillers
  • MacGuffin: The Key. Lampshaded, discussed (they even call it the "MaGuffin"), and played with.
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  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Miss Muffet, who is nice when the camera is running, but .
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Officer Chortle looks, and probably is, extremely stupid, but at one point he cunningly tricks Jack to admit falsely he is a murderer.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Played with with the Rhymey Frog. He usually does this, unless he gets put out.
  • Running Gag
    • Jack is called a gormster by everyone.
    • The old "You're going to kill me anyway, so it doesn't matter if you tell me" bit is used half a dozen times—and it always works!
    • References to foolish boys keep popping up, as cuisine, fashion materials, or just falling into pits.
  • Shout-Out: The scene with the fake Tinto has one to Pulp Fiction. Jack says "what?" about six times. Tinto says, "Jack, if you say the word what one more time, I will be forced to kill you.
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  • Talks Like a Simile: Subverted. Eddie tries to talk like a simile, but he can never finish. It's as unfair as—.

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