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Literature / Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse

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A 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.

This novel provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • Cooked to Death: Humpty Dumpty is found dead in his own pool. Jack and Eddy try to figure out how the murder was committed, only to discover, nearly too late, that one of the window panes sitting above the pool has been replaced with a powerful magnifying glass. When the sun hit the pane while Dumpty was swimming, the water was instantly heated up, flash boiling the poor man alive. Later in the story, Jack Spratt is fried to dead in a deep fat fryer in a fast food restaurant.
  • 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
  • Reset Button: Literally everything from the ending of this book is chucked away at the start of The Toyminator, right down to Eddie's ability to finish similes.
  • 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.
  • Talks like a Simile: Subverted. Eddie tries to talk like a simile, but he can never finish. It's as unfair as—.