The first installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series of Thursday Next novels introduces literary detective Thursday Next and. I read a scrappy, dog-eared paperback of Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair for the first time three years ago, curled up outdoors under a large tree. Surreal and hilariously funny, this alternate history, the debut novel of British author Fforde, will appeal to lovers of zany genre work (think Douglas Adams) and.
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Then Fforde comes along and throws the literary equivalent of a bucket of Arctic cold water in my face. It takes a while to get used to the alternate England that the characters live in, with the ongoing Crimean War and talk of airships giving an air of times long past, mixed together with futuristic energy beam weapons, splicing technology that has allowed adfair to keep pet dodos, and machines that can allow people to walk in and out of novels, but this makes it a fascinating portrait of what could jawper been.
Several people have asked me where I find the large quantity of prepositions that I need to keep my Bookworms fit and well. I just did a quick scan of the reviews for this book and they are all over the place from one to five stars.
I enjoy English literature and humor with that touch of the fantastic. Hades’ real target is the beloved Jane Eyre, and it’s not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte’s novel. There are I wanted to like it, it sounded like a good idea, but I didn’t.
After several weeks in the novel which pass in the outside world much more quickly, as the book rewrites itself after Jane is returned and much trouble, she succeeds in killing Hades and recovering the poem with Polly in it.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
I still loved the premise of the book which I know is developed into even greater things in the next few books in the series. It was so smug and cutesy and in need of better editing.
There’s something a little jarring about seeing a camped up acfair of Shakespeare held up as an expression of deep love, as if the Thursday Nextiverse or even Fforde himself completely misses the point of camp. I didn’t enjoy this. I loved this book when I first picked it up and remember giggling the whole way through.
The plethora of oddly named characters can be confusing, and the story’s episodic nature means that the action moves forward in fits and starts. Using her new celebrity status, Next enters a televised debate between supporters and opponents of the continuation of the Crimean War. While I applaud the spirit of many of the directions this novel takes, you kind of have to wonder if the author could have focused just a tad bit more Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Other books in the series. Fforse describe it as a good idea wrapped in convoluted story telling occasionally pushing simplistic ideas while interweaving a potentially interesting narrative replete with humor that runs the gamut from very funny to groaningly bad.
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Bookworms, who lead to some quirky dialogue phrasings but he also creates the Prose Portal, which allows travel into books! Suspenseful and outlandish, absorbing and fun, The Eyre Affair is a caper unlike any other and an introduction to the imagination of a most distinctive writer and his singular fictional universe. When young Jimbo Mambo books a room with Captain and Mrs Fanshaw in their Northernville lodging house, he is gradually introduced to their bizarre social circle.
The rest o This is so much fun. I always found myself unable to laugh at the situations where innocent bystanders are getting killed in amusing ways by the villains while the noble heroes are protected by the plot armor.
The only reason I rated this book with 3 stars instead of 2 is the discussion with my buddy readers which turned out to be great fun. First of all, I want to unleash my fury on whoever in the Rory Gilmore Book Club suggested this book as February’s pick. In the action revolving around japer titular novel, Jane Eyre is reduced to a damsel in distress and Rochester to a straightforward hero, the complex characters I so loved in their original context reduced to cardboard cutouts.
They don’t talk like that. Also in A Thursday Next Novel.
Refresh and try again. If a book is written in first-person, and you really, REALLY want us to know what the character looks like, it is textbook cliche to have her pull out a mirror and describe what she sees. In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn’t be less interested in saving the day.
Written by a fan but endorsed and published by the author. Having be dropped right smack into the action of The Woman Who Died a Lot which was released earlier this year by Hodder and Stoughton and being convinced that the Thursday Next series was a series that I really wanted to read, Lee offered me this book to review and I am pleased, well more than pleased.
Hello and Goodbye, Mr. John Rivers in India instead of returning to Rochester.
The Eyre Affair
Emma None of the author’s books have a chapter It couldn’t have been done better and I had happy tears in my jaspee several times. When his demands are not met, he stages a theft of the original manuscript of “Jane Eyre”, and kidnaps Jane for another ransom demand.
I don’t know yet.