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Who Censored Roger Rabbit? [Kindle Edition]

Gary K. Wolf
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“Who’d want to kill a dumb cartoon bunny?”
That’s what Eddie Valiant wants to know. He’s the toughest private eye in Los Angeles, and he’ll handle anything – if you’re human. If you’re a Toon, that’s another story.
Eddie doesn’t like Toons – those cartoon characters who live side-by-side with humans. Not the way they look, and especially not the way they talk: word-filled balloons come out of their mouths and then disintegrate, leaving dust all over his rug.
Eddie will work for a Toon if his cash supply is low enough. So he reluctantly agrees when Roger Rabbit, a Toon who plays straight man (or should that be straight rabbit) in the Baby Herman cartoon series, asks him to find out who’s been trying – unsuccessfully – to buy his contract from the DeGreasy Brothers syndicate.
Then Rocco DeGreasy is murdered – and Roger is the prime suspect! The rabbit is also, as Eddie soon discovers, very, very dead.
Who censored Roger Rabbit? And who shot Rocco DeGreasy? Was it Roger, or was it Rocco’s hot-cha-cha girlfriend, Jessica Rabbit? Why had Jessica – a pretty steamy number for a Toon – ever married a dopey bunny in the first place? And why does everybody want Roger’s battered old teakettle?
As Eddie combs L.A. from the executive suites of the DeGreasy Brothers to Sid Sleaze’s porno comic studio, he uncovers art thefts, blackmail plots….and the cagiest killer he’s ever faced.
In Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, author Gary K. Wolf has created a wonderfully skewed – and totally believable – world compounded of equal parts Raymond Chandler, Lewis Carroll, and Warner Brothers. This riotously surreal spoof of the hard-boiled detective novel is packed with action and laughs. From first page to last, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is shear delight.
Celebrated author Gary K. Wolf’s cult classic and highly praised novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is the basis for the blockbuster Walt Disney/Steven Spielberg Academy Award winning film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (18 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CIOQ3O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker than the film 25 April 2006
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the cult classic which inspired the film "Who framed Roger Rabbit" but the original book is much darker and more adult in tone than the film - and in spite of the fact that half the characters are "toons," much less cartoonish.

This is set in an alternative Hollywood in which cartoon characters or "toons" are real. Unlike the film however, they are neither industructible nor immortal. In the book, a toon can generate a temporary "doppelganger" duplicate of himself or herself, and these expendable copies are used as stunt doubles for all the dangerous or lethal work in films. A toon in this book who is hit by a bullet will die just as easily as a human.

The narrator and central character is P.I. Eddie Valiant - Bob Hoskin's character in the film. Other characters who were translated recognisably to the film from the book include cartoon comedy star Roger Rabbit, his humanoid toon wife Jessica Rabbit, and toon star Baby Herman.

As in the film, Eddie Valiant is hired by Roger Rabbit for a number of reasons including marital problems - in the book his beautiful wife Jessica has left him for his agent, Rocco DeGreasy. Roger wants her back, and believes Rocco has put pressure on her to leave him. At first he seems to be talking nonsense.

But a few chapters into the book, both Roger and Rocco are murdered. The police - human and toon divisions - think Roger killed his agent and Jessica murdered him in revenge. Shortly before he died Roger Rabbit created a doppelganger; this double persuades Eddie Valiant to look for evidence that both Jessica and his late self were innocent of the murders.

Eddie sets out to clear Roger and Jessica - with zany results.

A clever black comedy - well worth a read. The film was technically brilliant, but this original is a much cleverer story.
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It took me a little while to be engaged with this book, but as I progressed the story began to grab me. The book isn't elegantly written and it feels like the constant metaphorical observations of Eddie Valiant become a little overused at times: however the story was dark and intriguing and found myself even pausing for thought at the end.

Despite some similarities the book differes hugely from the film, but it's really interesting to see how the movie was inspired by this novel. Both are good and stand on their own. The book goes into more detail about the world in which toons coexist with human beings and there are hints of a parable on racial segregation with the way the toons are viewed in this society. It's all the additional detail here which feels like it often compliments the film which really added to my enjoyment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No relation to the film - no bad thing 1 Jun. 2014
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The first book is a good 'un. But stoop here - the rest of the Roger Rabbits are trite - without continuity and tiresome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ROGER RABBIT 3 Mar. 2014
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Read this quite quickly and quite liked the ending which wrapped everything up well. More interesting than the film which will force it's mental images of the characters on you such as Jessica Rabbit having curly hair in the book but not in my imagination after seeing the film version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted 24 Feb. 2014
By Thomas
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Amusing fantasy land story. Good characters and witty - certainly worth a punt (especially for the curretn free price listing)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ok... 15 Feb. 2014
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Nothing like the film based on this book. The story was engaging, and the characters were all well fleshed out, and believable in their own way, well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've been looking for this for ages. 11 Jan. 2014
By Mr.G
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All I want now is a the audible version, and maybe a paper copy. This has quenched me for now. Good book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who cares who censored Roger Rabbit?
Started it, got bored with it, gave up on it. Really nothing much more I can say about it. I'm just glad it was free.
Published 11 months ago by M. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Passable entertainment
Read the book for what it is, an enjoyable way to pass a few hours with a light-hearted detective story. Read more
Published 15 months ago by DjD
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely surprising.
Having discovered this was the book in which the movie was based upon, I decided to read it out of curiosity. Wow. Nothing to do with the film storyline. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Diablita
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This book is an excellent read and a must-have for film noir /cartoon fans. This book is nothing like the movie of a similar title but still highly recommended to fans of it.
Published 24 months ago by David Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars OLD School Dective
Enjoyable OLD School Dective romp, with a cartoon twist. ONE of the most enjoyable books I've read in a while
Published on 29 Dec. 2012 by Simon Rhodes
3.0 out of 5 stars Much more depth, but much less fun
Like most people who will read this book now, I'd seen the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" first. If I hadn't, then this review would be very different. Read more
Published on 4 Nov. 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the film!
Much more adult in tone and character than the film. I stumbled on this book purely by chance and glad that I did. Read more
Published on 15 Sept. 2011 by Amazon Customer
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