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Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:05 pm

I was once told that I "wouldn't get" the Jasper Fforde books.

Harumph. :cry:
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Postby unseenu » Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:41 pm

I read a book once which was a comic guide to aspects of everyday life,unfortunately i don't remember the title or the authour.Some of the jokes in it seemed to have pratchett's style of humour,the only quote I can remember is from the chapter on death "Dying can be as easy as falling off a log...which is why its best to avoid climbing on logs :lol: "
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Postby Polly » Sat May 08, 2010 1:21 pm

I read the jasper fforde books after TonyBlack recommended them - they are really good. I prefer the nursery crime over thursday next (but not by much) but there are only the two!

Shades of Grey was Ok - is very different from the nursery/next books. Cant wait for his next Next book to come out - I think it's later this year.

There always tends to be notes at the end of each book about the next one but the next book doesn't alway match the names listed.
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Postby raisindot » Sat May 08, 2010 4:10 pm

I'm probably going to get raked over the coals--again--but I think that with each successive novel Fforde has gotten much worse.

"The Eyre Affair" was clever and quite good, even if Fforde quite clearly stole the whole concept from Woody Allen's classic "The Klugelmas(sp.) Episode."

Fforde's main problem is that he's so self-consciously aware that he's treading a trail that other great, inventive British comic writers (Adams, Pratchett, Dahl) have already blazed so well that he tries desperately hard to be wackier, wittier, punnies and more original that his influences and, more often than not, falls flat on his face.

This is particarly evident in the sequels to "The Eyre Affair," where each succeeding book gets bogged down endless stretches of exposition and attempts at cleverness that just don't work. And, over time, Thursday has become an increasingly annoying and one-dimensional character. The last book was the hardest slog I've been through with a thoroughly stupid ending.

"The Big Over Easy" is, for me, the best thing he's done, much better than any of the Thursday Next series, but he wrote this before "The Eyre Affair," and perhaps that's why it's better--because he wasn't trying to be so self-consciously 'original.' But the same sequelitis problem that he's had with the TN series raises its head here, because "The Fourth Bear" is a pale shadow of "Over Easy."

I haven't even tried to read his new one.

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