Book Reviews of The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
Author: Robert Rankin
ISBN-13: 9780575074019
ISBN-10: 0575074019
Publication Date: 8/1/2003
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 94 ratings
Publisher: Gollancz
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
I wasnt sure how Id feel about this book going in, as this is the first Ive read by this author. Rankins satirical style reminded me a bit of Christopher Moore or Terry Pratchett. The story, started off a bit slow for the first few chapters, but then immediately drew me in beyond that.

Jack and Eddie Bear set out to solve the mystery of whos killing off the famous nursery rhyme characters one by one. Humpty Dumpty, made famous by his fall from the wall (which many in Toy City actually thought was an attempted suicide), was the first victim, followed by Little Boy Blue, and others.

The writing is very stylized, the humour of a British nature, and though I found it quite hilarious, having to read certain parts out loud to DH, I can see how it would put some people off for the silliness of it all. Not me though! I immediately went and added The Toyminator, which is more of Eddie Bears story, to my wishlist. :)
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Helpful Score: 6
Once again I just have to say how thoroughly but enjoyably crazy this author is. This is the story of Jack, a 13-year-old who runs away from home to go to The City to seek his fortune. He doesn't realize that the city he's headed for is Toy City, where toys live just as people do. He teams up with a teddy bear named Eddie to try to solve the murder of Humpty Dumpty. But when Little Boy Blue, Mother Goose and Jack Spratt also get sent into oblivion, they realize that a serial killer is at workâ¦and he leaves a hollow chocolate bunny at each crime scene as his calling card. Full of wordplay, puns and wry, wacky British humor, this was an enjoyable romp into nursery rhyme landâbut I wouldn't read this one to a little kid! LOL
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Helpful Score: 5
I bought this because I was suffering from Jasper Fforde withdrawal and was told it was similar to his Nursery Crimes series. Weirder than Fforde's novels (and that's saying something!), this was a delightful read.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is my first Rankin book. It took me a little while to get started on his writing style, but once I dug in, I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Detective story gone a little fairy tale and a lot of crazy.
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Helpful Score: 2
I did not like this book, it was a little too "out there" for me!
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is laugh-out-loud funny. I literally couldn't put it down. It was as good as.
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Helpful Score: 2
Rankin provides a moderately amusing scenario of a Toy Town gone wrong, with, as the back cover says, "heavy drinking, bad behavior, fast car chases, gratuitious sex and violence..." you get the picture. Other people have done it better, but it's worth a few laughs.
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Helpful Score: 1
Hysterical!
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Helpful Score: 1
My first Rankin read--fun romp, "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?" meets "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
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Helpful Score: 1
I was laughing out loud during this book. Really great. I wasn't so fond of the end. But the end was good enough. I do recommend it. :)
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Helpful Score: 1
If I had to categorize this book, I would guess it to be a sci-fi mystery. I had expected a cozy--nursery rhyme characters are being murdered and a teddy bear solves the crime with the help of a human.

Whether it was the unique language that was off-putting or the unsavory attitudes of the nursery characters that turned me off most, I am not yet sure. On the other hand, I must not have been too disgusted as I read all the way to the end.

This was passed to me by a friend and I am passing it on. Not only do I not wish to keep it for a re-read, I doubt I will read any more (I understand it is a series).
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Helpful Score: 1
This story is absolutely NOT for young children, as the nursery characters that are popular in it tend to meet with some rather graphic and violent deaths. There's also a lot of other adult content such as sex, drinking, etc.

I didn't feel it was an overly remarkable story, but it's still pretty good with wit and humor. If you've ever read the Nursery Crime novels by Jasper Fforde you may like this one. It's quite possible it inspired Fforde's work, since it was published earlier.

I'd recommend this one simply for it's uniqueness.
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This story is absolutely NOT for young children, as the nursery characters that are popular in it tend to meet with some rather graphic and violent deaths. There's also a lot of other adult content such as sex, drinking, etc.

I didn't feel it was an overly remarkable story, but it's still pretty good with wit and humor. If you've ever read the Nursery Crime novels by Jasper Fforde you may like this one. It's quite possible it inspired Fforde's work, since it was published earlier.

I'd recommend this one simply for it's uniqueness.
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This book is as funny as.

With a city full of talking toys and nursery rhyme characters being murdered left and right, how can you go wrong? Throw in more plot twists than a person can easily count and you've got the makings of a great book that's only hard to follow in a few places.
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I really loved this book and all the recognizable characters like little boy blue - aka Blue Boy. It's funny and suspenseful. A fun read!
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A compelling and provocative story about a young man as he journeys into manhood in search of his fortune. It makes one look inward and reflect deeply about one's own role in society. Actually, it wasn't anything like that. It was a story about a young man looking for his riches in toy city, he hooks up with a teddy bear who enjoys a good drink every now and then as they solve the mystery of who killed Humpty Dumpty and Little Boy Blue. A witty jaunt if you like off the wall.
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Jack decides to leave his small factory town and go to the city to make his fortune. The city he ends up at is Toy City where toys are alive and nursery rhyme characters are real. Jack meets Eddie Bear, a live teddy bear, and agrees to help him investigate the murder of Humpty Dumpty, one of the city's citizens that made his fortune with his nursery rhyme. Soon more of the city's old rich nursery rhyme characters start to die in gruesome ways and Eddie and Jack realize that they have a serial killer on their hands.

The story was OK, Jack annoyed me but I liked Eddie's character. How can you not like a teddy bear that sits on his head at a bar so the alcohol will stay in his head instead of settling into his legs? I appreciated the humor at the beginning of the story, but the recurring jokes began to get old very quickly. The more I got into the story, the harder it was for me to stay interested in what was happening. I preferred Jasper Fforde's The Big Over Easy to this novel if you are looking for a nursery rhyme murder mystery book.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The puns and wordplay kept me on my toes and the humor was right up my alley. The story of toys and nursery rhyme characters being real was a lot of fun. Enjoyed it and will be trying more of Rankin's hilariously titled books.
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Very interesting read.
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Had I read this before reading Jasper Fforde's excellent Nursery Crime Detection Series, this book might have been more, well, tolerable. Well, no, probably not even then. It may simply be a matter of style, but this book seems far more impressed with itself than it has any right to be, which results in a very self-aware style I found grating. I skipped to the end, did not find the twist all that interesting, and did not bother finishing it. Perhaps I simply do not drink heavily enough to find this book entertaining. That might have helped.
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I'll never feel the same way about Easter again.
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This book is very clever! I will never look at nursery rhymes in the same way again!