The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse Robert Rankin
Jack has come to the city to seek his fortune. Little does he know that the city is actually a Toy City, inhabited by hard-drinking teddy bears, promiscuous dollies, and tin toy bartenders. He soon teams up with Eddie, one of the hard-drinking teddies to solve a series of murder cases of the city's most prominent members--Nursery Rhyme characters. They're not toys. They're meat and they're being murdered in horrific ways. Jack and Eddie seek to find out in this noir crime fiction with a madcap and zany twist.
Obviously, this will draw comparisons to the work of Jasper Fforde (who is one of my favorite authors). Rankin is less zany and weird, and much darker, keeping more in line with the conventions of pulp crime fiction. However, if you have a dark demented sense of humor (like me) this is really funny and rather well done. I loved exploring the divide between toy and meat, and the politics of the different types of toys. I also loved the different toy religions and how they differed and how they came about. I'm looking out for other Rankin books now.
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