With his typical (overly literal) over-the-top style, Rankin succeeds again in bringing laugh-out-loud comedy to a bookstore near you. In this entry, Eddie Bear (the protagonist from "Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse" [available at all fine purveyors of booklike substances]) returns as the deposed mayor of Toy City. As the plot spirals rapidly out of control (and the perniciousness of chickens is exposed), you will find yourself chuckling, if not out-right guffawing.
Although this has a (marginally) more coherent plot than most of his previous works (and has no cameos by Poole or O'Malley, which is kind of sad, actually, but not unexpected), Rankin utilizes and explodes (literally, in some cases) the more outrageous of Hollywood action movie conventions. If you're looking for the Rankin who brought you "The Anti-Pope" or "A Dog Called Demolition", this is more of a "Rankin-lite" - he's more popularly appealing (kind of like the last season of "League of Gentleman" - more coherent, but genuine fans will have cause to complain), but at the expense of his signature "off-the-wall" plotting.
Either way, a highly enjoyable book!...Continua