I love this series and I love everything by Fforde! It makes me laugh and it's honestly too bad the rest of my family just doesn't get it :) Great read - good twists and I can't wait for more.
Bravo!!! I have loved this series from first word to last. Although this book has taken a significant turn the characters are fantastic and the plot line is riveting. I have not ever read a series I like so much and that keeps me smiling or outright laughing at all of the literary references. It makes you believe that a real "book world" must exist or how else would authors actually come up with plot lines!
We find ourselves in the next generation of Thursday Next novels. I can not wait for the "Next" installment!
The only thing I really missed this time around was the cheshire cat - he is always one of my favorite characters............
this book is entirely about the written Thursday. the first 30 mins to and hour are torture and there is way to much description. once you get past that, it's quite fun.
This was a fun story to listen to but anyone listening needs to know literature to catch all of the references and understand the character. What great imagination Jasper Fford has!
This one ranks in my top ten.
Absurd and creative wordplay, I had to buy the Kindle version to see for myself all of the jokes.
Sprocket was my favorite. He just truly sounds like a Cog Based Butler should.
Thursday Next is the most memorable, since I already knew her, followed by Sprocket.
I'm a big fan of alternate reality fiction. The Eyre Affair was quite a thriller, and just enough "öff" for my tastes. I spottted Missing and got it even though it is out of sequence. I often laughed out loud, and thoroughly enjoyed every second of this one.Emily Gray brings all of the characters to life, I think perfectly.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
A number of people were disappointed with this but I prefer to think Fforde was just exploring some inevitable possibilities. After all, he had completed a glorious 5-novel story arc and set up no end of intriguing questions about the book world. These questions had to be addressed. And the key question is what does it all look like from the written-Thursday's point of view?
Admittedly, it's not my favorite book in the series. From a narrative perspective, large chunks of it feel maddeningly slow. But narrative pace has never been the prime attraction of this series for me. It's all about the inventiveness of the ideas and the quirky book references. And in this regard, Fforde does not disappoint.
Things pick up a bit as the book progresses. The "written characters" become more interesting as they are forced to grow as characters. I suppose "character development" was another book problem Fforde was interested in exploring.
There's even a scene that is genuinely touching where written-Thursday meets real-Thursday's family.
But the kittens? Well, for that you'll just have to read the book. And I didn't even mention the puppies...
The Executive Happiness Coach
Sorry, I just could not finish it. First, the story was flat. I read all the prior volumes of Tuesday Next novels in hard copy, and cannot imagine how a narrator could have messed those up. But this one? The narrator has nothing to work with! Plus, she is dreadfully slow. I had to put it on 2.0X speed just to avoid falling asleep at the wheel. I finished the book about halfway through before realizing that nothing was going to get better.
Emily is again terrific as Thursday and others. There are lots of odd empty spaces in the overall narration that have nothing to do with her performance. Someone needs to go through this one again and take out all the empty spaces. Otherwise a ripping yarn and totally fun.