No for Fforde and yes for Duerdan.
This book is a non stop reference fest to classic books, so much so that the author will repeatedly stall the plot line to mention more classic literature, but in this world the literature can be changed, problem is I've only read about half of the stuff noted in here, so I don't know what's been changed.
You know those long running TV. Shows where a few seasons in the producer creates an episode just for the people who have been watching the show since the start, a pat on the back to make them smile...one that if you were to watch without knowing the characters it would be boring as hell and suck? That's this book, except the series is classic literature...
Funny thing is...well okay unfunny thing is, the author swears like a pirate with a corneal paper cut, even names one of the characters a cuss word...I never minded swearing, I do so way todo much myself, but the author is like a 3rd grader who just learned how to swear and thinks its exciting and funny every time...it's not, the name thing was funny for about three seconds, but that's a major character in the book...so now its stopped being funny and is just stupid...but frankly that's in character for this whole book, which halfway through still sucks.
This was the last book I had while stuck on wildland fire fighting duty, I forced myself through half of it and in the end actually chose silence over the remainder of this book.
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