Rankin writes ‘absurdist fiction’ but honestly, I’m not sure that does him justice! His sense of humour is original and refreshing, and I love the way he takes his own mickey. At one stage, he has a character jump up to make a point, and then a paragraph later, jump up to make another point, but finding himself still jumped up from last time, jump down instead.
The whole concept of stuffed toys behaving exactly like adult human beings is well-thought out and carried through. I particularly like the way he treats the consumption of alcohol by toys stuffed with wood shavings – of course it’s going to go straight to their feet, and of course the wood will get wet. He manages to make the human in the story feel weird for being stuffed with pink meat.
The mystery his protagonist has to solve is also a good one, and is written with a flair for crime.
I can’t wait to read more of his work.