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review 2017-07-03 00:38
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

That was a wild, wild romp.

 

I have been meaning to dive into the Thursday Next series for years, and finally decided to take the plunge after MBD's review of the most recent installment in the series. I've read all of Fforde's Chronicles of Kazam, so I am familiar with his unique style, but even so, nothing really prepared me for this book.

 

Fforde dropped me directly into the world, with a minimum of exposition and almost no info-dumping. It isn't necessarily easy to figure out all of what is going on with the Spec Ops, and he seems to want his readers to be off-balance since he constantly throws curveballs into the narrative.

 

I do love books about books, though, so the premise of this series is just so delicious. And Fforde must be one of the most well-read writers currently working, because the book is plock full o'references to classic literature. The references to Shakespeare and the controversy as to the true identity of the playwright alone were voluminous and fascinating. About midway through the book I started highlighting the literary references, and then I found this GR list of all of the books mentioned in the Thursday Next series.

 

Poor Mr. Quaverly. Lost forever from the pages of Martin Chuzzlewit, a book which I am now going to have to read. I loved the conceit with the ending of Jane Eyre, as well. 

 

I'm midway through another detective story, so I'm not going to start book two until I finish that one, but I found The Eyre Affair engaging enough that I definitely want to continue with the series! And even though this isn't technically a mystery, I'm counting it as one of the 50 crimes of summer!

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text 2017-07-02 20:28
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 384 pages.
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

There is a lot going on in this book! I'm enjoying it a lot, and it's making me want to read a whole bunch of classics, not the least of which is Martin Chuzzlewit, which I've never read!

 

The performance of Richard III sounds like about the most awesome thing ever, also! 

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text 2017-07-01 20:09
Free Friday read!
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

I started this yesterday, but never posted it. I didn't get very far & I am still working on my Paradise #28 book!

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review 2017-06-29 11:54
One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Thursday Next, #6)
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing - Jasper Fforde

I'm conflicted about this book; I'm wavering between 3.5 stars and 4, so i'm going with 4,  out of respect to Fforde for his ability to so thoroughly and beautifully manipulate the English language and, for that matter, reality itself.

 

This book takes place entirely in the BookWorld, save for a chapter or two in the RealWorld.  The real Thursday is missing on the eve of peace talks between Racy Fiction and the rest of the Genre Fiction, with Racy Fiction threatening to launch 'dirty bombs' that will litter all fiction with badly written, graphic sex scenes.  The fictional Thursday Next is stuck in the middle: trying to keep her books running smoothly while avoiding a coup, investigating an unexpected book breakup that has left debris all over Conspiracy, and the Genre Council pressuring her to step up and impersonate the RL Thursday during the peace talks, all while trying to find out what happened to Thursday herself.

 

The BookWorld is my favourite part of the series, but this book starts off by documenting the rebuilding of the BookWorld, taking it from The Great Library model to a Geographic Model.  I understand the logic the Geographic model offers, as well as the myriad of problems it might solve for the writer (because now there's a describable environment between books), but I miss the library and I miss the Cheshire Cat!  He didn't even make an appearance in this book and the new model lacks that certain bookish atmosphere the never ending library afforded.  And nobody actually book jumps anymore - it's considered passé.  Hmph.  The cool way to walk from book to book now?  Walking.  Again I say Hmph.

 

Fforde also delves into the psychological quandaries of self a lot as book Thursday questions how much like the RL Thursday she is, or is she really in fact the RL Thursday but has somehow deluded herself into just thinking she's the book Thursday.  i don't like psychologically bent plots.  Fforde comes close to gas lighting the reader as much as he confuses his MC and I don't like unreliable or even possibly unreliable narrators either, so that dinged my pleasure a bit.  So did Pickwick being a character with decidedly un-dodo-like characteristics.  The real Pickwick's cameo wasn't heartening either; she was herself, but she was older.  Call me unreasonable, but if I'm reading a fantasy genre book, I want my heroines and their dodos to remain un-aged.

 

To summarise, it's better than the last book, but not quite on a par with the earlier ones.  Some of that is just my personal preferences so ymmv.  I found the writing excellent though and I did enjoy the story a lot; I just missed the regular cast of characters and am a little bid saddened that the adventures look to be slowing down, if the characters' ageing is anything to go by.

 

If there's a next Next book (had to, couldn't resist) I'm still going to read it, but it will be with equal parts trepidation and enthusiasm.

 

 

Book chosen by a BookLike friend

$$:  $6.00  (362 pages)

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text 2017-06-29 01:08
Reading progress update: I've read 109 out of 362 pages.
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing - Jasper Fforde

About ten degrees upslope of Fiction, I could see our nearest neighbour:  Artistic Criticism.  It was an exceptionally beautiful island, yet deeply troubled, confused and suffused with a blanketing layer of almost impenetrable bullshit.

 

When Fforde is at the top of his game, I do so love his writing.

 

So far, as the title reads, one of the Thursdays is missing.  The RealWorld Thursday, to be precise.  That means that to this point at least, everything is taking place in the BookWorld, which has been remade to adhere to a geographical model instead of the library model.  I'm not sure I like that - I loved the idea of a never ending library, and just where is the Cheshire Cat???

 

And don't get me started on Pickwick.  :-/

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