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.
On the surface this looks to be a funny little "waste time" kind of book.
Into the middle of the book Jim starts making some fine points about relationships and how to deal with and or find the woman in your life.
Realize he makes the point by comedically pushing it to comical extremes, but the underlying thought processes are actually pretty good.
A great book, lots of little twists and turns, unpredictable and chaotic throuought with great characters and villains, real people living through struggles that you might find corilated to your own life on one level or another.
The book starts exceptionally slow, dwindles around without much real literary effect, a lot of so and so went to visit so and so and said this.
That being said, once the book picks up, it's great, and is very interesting.
I thought, billy crystal, telling stories, this ought to be great, and the book did start out pretty good, but it turned into a factual account of what he did and when about half way through.
Some people are not capable of taking in purely spiritual books yet, so this one has a lot of spiritual messages hidden in an actual story and story telling format, it's pretty good actually, but it needs to be recognized as a mostly spiritual book, not a mostly story book.
This is an exceptionally short book, out of four hours or so i think the author has to spend at least an hour repeating in a thousand ways how much step families are going to suck for the first few years. YEAH i got it, next subject, ohh the book is over? great.
I was sad to see this great story come to an end, it was many hours of good entertainment, and i hope to see the narrator in a lot more books, she did great.
I realized during the second book why i was liking this story so much, it's not just plot point a slowly progresses to plot point b and here are all the facts that you need to know for this to make sense. It's unexpected callbacks from 3 hours ago, strange new twists, and a humorous protagonist to guide you through them all.
the narrator was a PERFECT match for this book, she does VERY well.
In typical Gaiman style this book is not set in a "normal" world, but it's not so "out there" that it's distracting or off putting.
That it's read by the author himself is kinda cool, and he does a fine job reading his own book, the emphasis is placed where it should be and his voice is pleasant and appropriate.
A well written and well preformed book, with an ending that doesn't really "end" much at all.
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