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4.0 out of 5 stars He's Back!, 4 Oct 2006
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This review is from: The Toyminator (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
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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