I liked the idea of this story. The way the author played with the idea of an alternate reality was fun. Where I struggled with this book is in trying show his cleverness, he threw every possible idea, pun, word play, plot point, etc. that he could think of into one story. To me this book has a bit of an identity crisis. Trying to cater to lovers of great novels and time travel is hard enough but to do it in a way that is quasi-futuristic or super alternative world based is impossible. Throw in some war, some government conspiracy, some unrequited love, complicated family relationships, detective work and a few other things and the story is so scattered you just may not care what happens at the end. I really wanted to, but I just didn't.
This wonderfully fanciful story is set in a world which revolves around books. The protagonist works as a literary detective which provides a launch point for a wide assortment of interesting events. The plot thickens EVERYWHERE! There are murders and mayhem with a sprinkling of love and lust, topped with a mad scientist and a few dodos. An all-around fun read. If you like Terry Pratchett, try this one too.
I'm a wife a mom and love to read.
I didn't hate it nor did I love it, Jasper Fforde, unknown to me until I was searching for something to spend my credit on, after having one disappointment after another, I took a chance on this odd and some times confusing, new world, with twisted characters and even more twisted history, I find myself in deep like with Thursday Next.
Ms. Next is witty, sometimes annoying, and her best feature, she's competent and not to stupid to live.
I admit this book will not appeal to everyone. If you are looking for a light easy read, with a bit of mystery and romance this book isn't it. One thing that left me slightly disappointed was the lack of actual romance between Thursday and Landen.
The one thing that sold the book as a 3.5 for me was the narrator Susan Duerden, she captures even the smallest minor character's voice. And honestly while I'm planning on continuing this series, I'm a little bummed to find that Susan isn't the reader.
I have read this book twice and listened to it 4 times, I just love it!! The whole series is awesome, but I do prefer Susan's Thursday Next over Emily Gray.s..
I first learned of the Thursday Next series of books about eight years ago when I borrowed the audiobook of Something Rotten. The Eyre Affair is filled with mystery, suspense, and fun. It would admittedly be more enjoyable to those, like me, who've read Jane Eyre and the other works of classic literature mentioned within in order to catch when and how the works of Fiction are changed/restored. But even without having that knowledge, the book is a great read. Be prepared to chuckle at the character's names and the inevitable puns. The book is very well-worth one's time and effort and I highly recommend it. One bit of disclosure: the reader/listener will encounter mild Language at times. If one is listening to the audiobook, I would caution against having children within hearing range.
Totally enjoyed this book and the into/out of real real world environment because, really, isn't that why we read in the first place? The fun of meeting the literary characters gives me a bit of a "I just met a rock star" feeling. The idea of protecting the story's integrity becomes perfectly logical, leading to ... not quite magical but certainly supernatural situations quite naturally. My only criticism is that the paper version has additional treats in the way the footnotes are presented as, well, footnotes. Still, I listened and enjoyed it very much. Highly recommend.
I expected a great read , but was sadly disappointed . The only thing slightly funny was the names of some of the characters, but were a bit over the top (a character named Jack Schitt ?? Seriously ?)
Sorry , can't recommend at all