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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575085479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575085473
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Rankin describes himself as a teller of tall tales. The Morning Star describes him as 'The Master of Silliness', and his publisher describes him as The Master of Far Fetched Fiction. He is the author of more than thirty novels, of which he has sold millions of copies, and he is published - and making people laugh - around the world.

Despite his remarkable publishing success, Robert has never taken himself too seriously. He loves going on tour, signing books for readers, and his appearances at signings and conventions are legendary, often including a stand-up routine, a song (accompanied by his 'air-ukulele'), and an always-entertaining question-and-answer session. Robert Rankin is a great entertainer, whether in person or through his novels, with wit, humour and an incredible personal warmth.

But that's not all! In addition to being a talented writer, comedian and musician, he's also an incredible artist . . . so incredible, that he creates his own stunning book covers.

Reading his books can and will inspire you, scare you, thrill you and, above all, entertain you. His novels are an outlet for the soul, and food for the imagination.


The Brentford Trilogy:

The Antipope
The Brentford Triangle
East of Ealing
The Sprouts of Wrath
The Brentford Chainstore Massacre
Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls
Knees Up Mother Earth
The Brightonomicon

The Armageddon Trilogy:

Armageddon: The Musical
They Came and Ate Us
The Suburban Book of the Dead

Cornelius Murphy Novels:

The Book of Ultimate Truths
Raiders of the Lost Car Park
The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived

The Trilogy That Dare Not Speak Its Name:

Sprout Mask Replica
The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag
Waiting for Godalming

The Witches Trilogy:

The Witches of Chiswick
Knees Up Mother Earth
The Brightonomicon

Eddie Bear Novels:

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
The Toyminator

Standalone Novels:

The Greatest Show Off Earth
The Garden of Unearthly Delights
A Dog Called Demolition
Nostradamus Ate My Hamster
Apocalypso
Snuff Fiction
Web Site Story
The Fandom of the Operator
The Da-da-de-da-da Code
Necrophenia

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"Wacky and slightly peverse. If the title makes you smile, play spot-the-film references." --"Times"

Book Description

The longed-for sequel to Rankin's bestselling and award winning THE HOLLOW CHOCOLATE BUNNIES OF THE APOCALYPSE

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 4 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is with great honour that I announce that Robert Rankin is back on form after a couple of disappointing outings. Gone is the well covered world of Brentford and instead we find ourselves with Jack and Eddie back in the fresh feeling Toy Town.

Since their last outing in 'The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse' Jack, a meathead, and Eddie, a talking teddy, have gone their separate ways. Eddie is now the former mayor and Jack is a cook in a greasy spoon restaurant. It's not long before our two heroes are thrust together once more as private detectives to solve an epic case where toys are evaporating into dust. This adventure will lead to other worlds, plenty of drinking and a conundrum over chickens.

'The Toyminator' is still not Rankin's strongest book but it has the great central premise that has been missing from his recent title such as 'Knees Up Mother Earth' - how come there are so many chickens? If each restaurant sells 500 chickens a day as well as 500 eggs that's 1000 potential chickens. Multiply this by the number of restaurants there are and you are talking an impossible number. 'The Toyminator' looks into this strange problem in a hilarious manner.

I loved the characters of Eddie and Jack and felt that Rankin has reeled in some of his overindulgences this time. I recommend this book to his fans but still advise new readers to read something like 'Apocolypso' or 'Snuff Fiction' first.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ben Ripley on 1 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
'The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse' won the SFX award for best novel of the year. If there is any justice in the world, this fabulous and long-awaited sequel should pick up the same honour.

The heroes of our story, Jack and Eddie the bear, have to deal with even more fantastical phenomenon then before with a trail of bodies all turning to ash, nondescript phantoms lurking underneath opera houses and talking calculators that become aroused at the slightest touch.

The mad world that is created from the genius mind of Robert Rankin is as ludicrous, inventive and adorable as ever before. For all of the legions of fans who read every single word he writes, there are plenty of in jokes to keep us amused - it's a tradition, or an old charter, or something...

The highlight for me is the fact that Eddie "Mister" Bear is more adorable than ever before. How about some tie-in merchandise??

I have always been bemused why Rankin's books have not made a transition to film or TV, but if ever a series called out for it, then the Toy City Chronicles (for want of a better name) is the one to adapt.

Even if you have never read a Robert Rankin book before, there is so much humour and adventure to be enjoyed in this one.

"Top marks, Mr Rankin" cried a woman in a straw hat.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Dec. 2007
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a new novel by humourist writer robert rankin, who usually writes novels that are the height of absurdity in their style. best described as an english spike milligan. this is a direct sequel to earlier novel the hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse, set in a place called toytown where toys are real and live much like humans. the main characters of that book, teddy bear detective eddy and his human sidekick jack return in this volume to deal with another case.

Whilst still very funny in places, this isn't the best robert rankin novel ever. it feels a bit too long at 360 pages, the story rather marks time in the first two hundred pages, and although things do pick up once the setting expands midway through, that rather loses the uniqueness of the toytown idea. all is wrapped up in a predictably chaotic fashion, which does lead to a few good laughs.

But all in all a rather average rankin lacking the originality of his usual works
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By jack on 15 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
..What a right old larf.
Even at his worst, he is still the most entertaining writer around.
The guy even founded his own genre: Far Fetched Fiction.
How many writers can claim that?
Yes, I've read better books. The Brentford stories are among his best,Jim Pooley and John Omally being my fave characters in bookdom. But it takes balls to base a story like this in Toy Town. He has the ability to make you suspend belief and nit picking pedantism and shove it up your sense of humour. That takes talent.
So, sum it up: start reading old Rankers.
Addictive, so he is.
And, as I said, A Right Old Larf.
Seriously frothy.
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I love Rankin. Subtle (and not so subtle) humour, a darkness in the writing yet enthralling, though I do find a couple of his books kinda heavy. I read the "bunnies" and just fell in love with Eddie. There is so much potential there for the characters.

I had thought that "Jack & Jill" might be the follow-on but that was glossed over as an unfortunate incident - though knowing Rankin she could come back with a bang (pun).

I found this book harder to get into and much blacker but still a must to have on the bookshelf. The cover (with the beer cap) is excellent.

I am now addicted to Eddie (and Jack).

More please!

M
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A brilliant choice for all those who loved 'Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocolypse' - and even for those who havn't read it, (you'll want to after this). Beloved characters make another appearance, including Jack, Eddie Bear, (who is a little worse for wear as usual) and Tinto, as well as some new characters who fit in quite nicely. Rankin's usual acerbic, oddball humour is present and correct, and this book won't let you down if you need to unwind and escape to Toytown. Enjoy!
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