Showing posts with label Jasper Fforde. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jasper Fforde. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The Woman Who Died A Lot

The Woman Who Died A Lot Jasper Fforde

I can't believe this book was out for a few months before I knew about it. INTERNET! THIS IS WHAT I NEED YOU FOR!

Well, Thursday has been successfully restored to the land of reality and is slowly recovering from her ordeal. Meanwhile, Spec-Ops is reforming. Thursday wants to be head of SO-27, but instead she gets stuck as the Library Director. Now sure, in Fforde's world library staff have guns and tanks to make sure fines get paid, as well as collections budgets you wouldn't believe, but... Thursday's not ready for a desk job yet. Luckily, Goliath is trying to kill her and Aornis is up to something sneaky...

Of course, it may all be moot, as Swindon is scheduled for a heavenly smiting at the end of the week. Unless Thursday can stop that, too.

I have to say I liked this one much more than One of Our Thursdays Is Missing. I liked the focus on the Jenny mindworm plot, which has just been a minor thing for most of the series. But, overall, I like the focus on Thursday coming to grips with aging and how her battered body can't do what it used to. It's a transition she has a really hard time accepting and adjusting to. Thursday was deeper and a bit more human than she has been in the past.

That said, one of the consequences of Thursday's injuries is that she can't read into fiction anymore, so we don't get to hang out with JurisFiction in this one. But, we do get a Nancy Pearl shout-out.

Fforde's Swindon is as crazy as ever. His world is so fun to be in for awhile. I can't wait until I get to go back.

Book Provided by... my local library

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

One of Our Thursdays is Missing

One of Our Thursdays Is Missing Jasper Fforde

The politics of fiction are never easy, nor are they clean-cut. War is brewing between Racy Novel and Comedy and it may all have to do with geological deposits of Raw Metaphor. There’s only one person who can stop this, but she’s gone missing. Jurisfiction wants the written Thursday (the one who prefers tea to guns) to pretend to be the real Thursday at the peace talks.

But... the Men in Plaid seem to want her dead, the series is suffering from very low read rates, and she’s been assigned a case that should be a no-brainer but is very dodgy indeed. Not to mention--- where exactly is the real Thursday?

More madcap zaniness from the king of intellectual prat-falls. I loved the closer look at fiction and how genres blend into each other. I thought the journey into Fan Fiction was rather hilarious and how can one not love a cameo from Richard Scarry’s Lowly Worm? I also really liked Sprocket, the robotic butler. But, at the same time, I really missed Swindon and the politics of of Goliath and cheese smuggling. There was just a little bit of it, but not enough to leave me satisfied.

I do continue to love this series and have started the torturous wait for more.

Book Provided by... my wallet

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Books Coming True

Ok, so you know how there are cloned Neanderthals in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series? And Neanderthal rights and culture are a rather interesting subplot?

Yeah, it looks like creating Neanderthal clones is actually a possibility these days.

Hat Tip to The Agitator for linking to the article...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Alright, I'm over at Geek Buffet today, totally agreeing with Roger Sutton's controversial post. TOTALLY AGREEING. You can go read it and find out why and disagree with me over there.

But, in light of that, I thought I'd review adult books today.

The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur Daoud Hari

Daoud Hari grew up in a village in Darfur. He went to college and then got a job in Libya. Lured by higher wages, he illegally crossed the border to find work in Egypt, then again to Israel, where he was caught.

When he made it back to Sudan, to Darfur, his people were under attack. Shortly after returning, his village was attacked and his brother killed. He fled with the other villagers to the refugee camps in Chad. Using is language skills of English, Arabic, and Zaghawa, Hari offered his skills as a translator to investigators and reporters.

He led 6 trips back to Sudan to help get the story of his homeland told to the wider world. Eventually, he was caught with a reporter and tried as a spy. American pressure to free the reporter freed him as well.

Hari writes a brutal account of Darfur, telling his story and many of the stoies he heard along the way. He makes an impassioned case for more help, and gives thanks for the help that has already been given. He also makes clear and concise work of an extremely complicated and nuanced political and cultural situation.

On sale March 18.

Full disclosure: ARC recieved from publisher through LibraryThing's early reviewer program.

Lili: A Novel of Tiananmen Annie Wang.

FINALLY! A "bad Chinese girl" novel that's well written!

Now, this doesn't take place in current boomtimes, but rather during the previous boomtime of Deng Xiaoping's newly opening China in the last 80s. (As the title gives away, it tends with the Tian'anmen Square massacre in June of 1989.)

Lili has just been released from jail, where she served three months for hooliganism. She's been a hooligan ever since she ran away from Monkey Village, where her parents were sent for reeducation during the Cultural Revolution. She joined a gang when she got to Nanjing. A man was stabbed to death over her.

Lili's a dissapointment to her parents, a wealth of wasted talent and unfulfilled promise. She moves in with a white guy who speaks flawless Chinese, but doesn't get China.

Part cultural exploration as Lili and Roy try to understand each other and their homelands, part self exploration as Lili tries to find meaning her life, Wang paints a stunning portrait of China on the verge of something massive. Fantastic!

Thursday Next: First Among Sequels Jasper Fforde.

Man alive, I read this one back in July. I also saw Fforde read the day after it came out-- hilarious!

So, this is the latest installment in the most excellent Thursday Next series.

It's been 16 years since Something Rotten. The literary crime unit has been disbanded, so Thursday and the crew are now carpet installers (of course, investigating literary crime on the side.) She also has a profitable sideline in cheese smuggling. Not that Landon knows any of this. In the land of JurisFiction, Thursday's gone through a rash of partners. Her last one is the worst though, as this last one is... herself. Only, it's her fictional self, who's just a little more rock and roll than Thursday actually is.

Her son Friday has shown no interest in joining the Chronoguard, which is throwing time seriously into whack. And Goliath is about to turn Pride and Prejudice into a reality show. Yep, the general public is about to vote the Bennets out of Longbourn, even before Mr. Collin's has it entailed onto him. But Thursday's not about to let that happen. Of course, she's having a much harder time book jumping these days...

Hilarious and awesome. If you like the series, READ IT. If you haven't read the series yet, WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU? Pick up The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel today!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Right to Arm Bears

The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime Jasper Fforde

This is the second Nursery Crime book, the first being the hysterical The Big Over Easy. Jack Spratt and Mary Mary are back, this time investigating the suspicious death of Goldilocks on the grounds of SommeWorld, the new amusement park whose opening is beset with problems.

It looks like Goldilocks (an investigative journalist) was hot on a story of oatmeal quotas and bear rights. (And, of course, the debate over the right to arm bears.) The three bears were the last to see her alive-- which one did it? Or was there a fourth bear?

All the while, the psychotic Gingerbread Man has escaped from the hospital he was being held prisoner in, Punch and Judy have moved in next store, and cucumbers keep exploding...

Hilarious and filled with bad puns and nursery rhyme characters in adult situations. I love Fforde, and this is a shining example of why!