Yes, it’s that time of year again. Here we are with the latest piece of deranged brilliance from Robert Rankin. After last year’s more or less stand alone Brightonomicon
, we’re back into series mode for this year’s treat. The Toyminator
 is a sequel to the wonderfully-titled The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
, which is a Good Thing. It’s a bit odd, reading this so soon after Jasper Fforde’s The Fourth Bear
– while being quite different in style and content, there is a common theme…
Things are looking bad in Toy City (formerly Toy Town). Hero of HCBA and one-time mayor Eddie Bear has been run out of town. And Bad Things are happening. Cases of Spontaneous Toy Combustion (STC) are happening all over town. Eddie again teams up with his comedy sidekick Jack, determined to crack the case before the Toy City Police crack him.
Eddie’s been through some trouble, but he’s the same bear – determined and crafty as ever, and he still can’t manage comparatives. He’s as smart as. In fact, the book is as funny as. And as crazy as.
Eddie and Jack get into all the usually unusual adventures, finding themselves in a different world – one altogether stranger than Toy City, and quite deadly for toys like Eddie. It’s oddly familiar to readers, though. Expect lots of puns, gags, outrageously telegraphed gags that nobody else would dare attempt, and even fewer people would have their characters comment on
I don’t know how he gets away with it
Well, I know how he gets away with it. It’s because he does it supremely well. Rankin is in a class of his own. Probably because the other kids are scared of him.
Read this, and you’ll never trust a chicken again.
The Toyminator: it’s as cool as.
 And with a title like that, you know you’re in for trouble…
 If you think I’m typing that
title in full every time, you’re as sane as Mr Rankin
 Eddie does that a lot