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A Book That's As Good As

Just today, I finished reading Robert Rankin's The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse. It's sort of a detective noir murder mystery, except the murder victims are nursery rhyme characters, and one of the detectives a teddy bear. Also, an Antichrist figure who runs a chocolate factory is involved. I enjoyed it, and I liked some of the little touches that Rankin used in creating Toy City, like how Eddie Bear needs to be upside down to get fully drunk (because, since he's stuffed, the alcohol otherwise runs into his legs), and the clockwork cars. I've also noticed that, when compared to American writers, British ones seem more likely to insert asides on various issues that might or might not directly relate to the plot, and Rankin is no exception. The explanation of the various religions that the toys had was clever, and actually DID come into play in the main plot eventually. This is the first Rankin book I've read, and I'd be interested in trying others, but I'm not sure which are the better ones. The list in the front indicates that he's written a lot, and came up with some great titles, but you can't always judge a book by that.

One thing I've noticed about my own reviewing is that I tend to prefer to finish a good book before commenting on it, while I like to comment on not-so-good books (like the Book of Mormon and Bill O'Reilly's Culture Warrior) as I'm reading through them, because there's just too much ridiculousness to hold it in until the end. While I have a lot of books on my to-read list (I've just checked out the last two books of the Prydain Chronicles and Jasper Fforde's Lost in a Good Book), I'm sort of thinking I want an ongoing review of a kind of silly and/or obnoxious book to become a regular feature here. Some of the ideas I've had recently for this series are The Da Vinci Code (I'm curious as to whether it's REALLY as bad as people say) and Chariots of the Gods (probably the most famous work in the "gods are really ALIENS" school of thought, which seems like it would be amusing enough to hold my interest, but I have no idea what the writing style is like). Any other ideas? (I welcome suggestions for GOOD books as well, of course, but I have more of them waiting in the wings.) Also, are there any other religious texts you'd like me to address?
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