Jasper Fforde is a very talented writer. He references classic literature that most people will recognize even if they haven't read it. His word play is amazing and you never quite know where the story will end up.
Its amazing that an entire series can be written about the power of British pluck. Anything could happen in these stories. No device needs to be supported by the rest of the story as long as the main character has her tea at regular intervals.
This series is not bad, and its not very good either, and inexplicably, I have read every single book in the series and am looking forward to more. how could I possibly rate this without missleading a little.
I highly recommend reading Jasper Fforde's series about the magic world of books in the order in which they were written. Not to do so will confuse the reader. Having said that - the newest book, while not the best - is great fun and leaves the reader with a cliff-hanger for an ending. Can't wait for the "Second Among Sequals."
True to the Sequel Curse, this one isn't worth the effort. Too bad, too, because I really liked the other literary world books by this author. This one is definitely not in the "good to go" book category, and will probably be forever consigned to "best left on the shelf."
i love, love, love Jasper Fforde. He is crazy orginal and funny. this is the first time i have tried to listen to one of his Thursday Next novels and i had the hardest time because of all the charaters. this is one that might best be READ.
A very excellent addition to the Thursday Next series. There were some slow moments toward the beginning but as a lover of this series I can be forgiving---plus it picked right up!
You'll love it.
It started a little slow, and I thought maybe Thursday had been tapped out. But then it became one of the best books I have listened to. As usual he wraps up all the loose ends, even ones that you hadn't realized were loose. Very satisfying.
The narrator was wonderful. She nailed every voice (male and female) so well that I never thought about who was reading, just the character.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Well, he didn't top the last book. He kind of wrote around it. The problem with this one, and with all sequels is that it's near on impossible to add the element of surprise. You know the characters, you know the parameters of the story, and you're nestled in waiting to be amused at the same level of the previous book. On top of that, the last Thursday Next book wrapped everything up into a tidy bow so that you're really not looking for more. This book not only beats "sequel-itis", it also manages to uphold the cute and clever that mark the previous efforts. Yep, it's the same character just done in a different way - - and yes, I realize I'm not explaining this well - - that's because I don't want to give it away. Bottom line: if you like the previous books you'll like this one too. If you haven't read the previous books then what the heck are you waiting for?
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I love the literary humore of Jasper Fforde. These books are witty and intelligent and fun. They always make me happy.