One by one, the old, rich nursery rhyme characters, who made their millions from the royalties on their best-selling rhymes, are being brutally slaughtered. The Toy City Police are getting nowhere. Bill Winkie, Private Eye, has also mysteriously vanished, leaving only his sidekick, Eddie Bear, to take care of business.
But Eddie's ready to take on the challenge and when he teams up with Jack, the two set out on a epic adventure. Not to mention a lot of heavy drinking, bad behaviour, fast car chases, gratuitous sex and violence, bizarre toy fetishism, and all-round grossness. Of a type not normally associated with Toy Town.
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Winner of The Crime Writers' Association, Cartier Diamond Dagger, 2005.
Robert Rankin has an excellent series of unabridged self read audio books available covering the massively inaccurately named Brentford Trilogy harrass the Audible staff to get them in. In the meantime however enjoy this stand alone story.
Roughly it splits into three parts an insane and hysterical fairy tale world (listen to the sample for an idea of this). A private eye story with Tom our hero teaming up with a drinken teddy bear to scour Toy City for the murderer of Humpty DUmpty (it's more fun than it sounds) and a final battle section which explaining will really mess up the books suprises.
This is really good fun an excellent introduction to Robert as botha writer and a reader though the interview at the end is a little bemusing if you've not heard or read any of his previous booksthat should in no way distract you from the main story.
Rankin is frequently compared with Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman as always these comparisons flatter and decieve like the others he does something innovative and original in a style of his own but if you pick this up expecting to read a Terry Pratchett style of book you will of course be disapointed Rankin doesn't ape Pratchetts style but draws the reader into his own off kilter world in a similar manner with the logic behind its quirks and strangeness making it feel a solid place.
Pick it up and enjoy it is the best advice I can give you
as the first Robert Rankin book I read, this has a special place for me, a great story with some lol moments, read it I doubt you will be disappointed
Despite initial misgivings about author-delivered readings - having enjoyed the dramatised Brightonomicon - I was very impressed by the quality of the narrative, aided and abetted by subliminal noises off, which told this story beautifully.
Rankin never fails to hold my attention and fire my imagination, even in this case using toy town and nursery rhymes as its backdrop, with a twisting plot line fueling a willing suspension of disbelief.
I found this book really funny, and what is better is it's the author doing the narration of which he excels in.
There are quite a few laugh out loud parts and definately loads of wide smiles places.
Set in toytown which gives it a surreal setting, a soft slouch hat humorous tec novel and a joy to listen to.
I'm not really sure how to review this book as it is unlike anything I have heard before. On my first listen I just couldn't get past the first chapter, after several attempts and just as I was about to shelf the book I did find myself drawn a little more into the story and listened to the full book. The story is simple and a little boring, the humour isn't that funny and the characters you could take or leave. All in all it wasn't terrible but I would spend my money more wisely next time.
Did I enjoy this book or didn't I? To be honest I have mixed feelings. I enjoyed the basic storyline and thought some of the plot was well considered. But other aspects left me cold, and I found the delivery a little like hearing the same joke over and over again but the same teller. Yes I did laugh but I think some of those may have been hollow too. Maybe this is just not my humour but I'm going to give the author a miss for now. The quality of the recording is faultless.
...but if like me, you had never read / heard anything by him before, and read the reviews (on amazon too) and thought to yourself 'this sounds like a funny, clever, page-turning kind of book - this sounds like exactly what I want to read' then you may very well be disappointed.
I found the humour immature and nerdy, the storyline unengaging and the narration, by the author himself, more suitable to being read to kids.
This audiobook was terrible, I just gave up half way through after having thought that it must get good soon. But I wouldn't have liked the printed book either. If you have already read his books and like them, then I am sure that you'll like this one. But if, like me you have not read any of his work and have read other people's reviews. BE CAREFUL. Because I have got to say that this audiobook has been a complete waste of one of my monthly audio credits.
"More brilliance from Robert Rankin"
A funny, off-centre and excellent yarn from Robert Rankin. I drive a lot and listen to audiobooks in the car. This was one of the best so far. Mr Rankin reads his own work, and knows just how to bring the characters alive in his world.
"Murder in Toy City!"
Robert Rankin is a rare being indeed - a hugely amusing writer, and a superb narrator. The tale is difficult to classify, but if you enjoy quirky humour, clever dialogue, detective parodies and seedy toys, you'll love this one. The book will entrance adults and (older) kids, with a gritty tale of murder, friendship, greed and sex in seedy Toy City. It concludes with a gem of an interview with the author. I cannot recommend this one too highly!
Although it is about chocolate bunnies, this is definitely humor for adults. Immensely pleasing and entertaining I found the twists and turns in the plot to be hilarious in this adult humor using a children nursery rhyme backdrop.
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