A recommenndation

Moderators: Jason, Toothy, Tonyblack

Re: A recommenndation

Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:10 pm

And just to confuse things more - Wiki says this:

Wikipedia wrote:Shades of Grey Shades of Grey (2010) (Title on the cover), Shades of Grey 1: The Road to High Saffron (Title from the title page); the book ends with a note that the main characters Brunswick & deMauve will return in: Shades of Grey 2: Painting by Numbers
Shades of Grey 3: The Gordini Protocols

Untitled Shades of Grey Standalone Prequel (2015)
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 28663
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Re: A recommenndation

Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:34 pm

From the man himself. :)



He says the next Shades of Grey will be a prequel and should be published in 2014.
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 28663
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Re: A recommenndation

Postby BaldJean » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:37 am

Tonyblack wrote:
BaldJean wrote:FForde announced that the second book of the "Shades of Grey" series is due to come out this year.

Not according to his website Jean. :?

Edit to add

Although according to this bit of his website there's a book out this year:

Jasper Fforde.com wrote:The Shades of Grey series. Set in the long distant future in a society dominated in every way by visual colour, Shades of Grey is the adventures of one Eddie Russett, an unambitious red who moves to East Carmine, a small village right on the edge of Red Zone West. The colour you can see dictates your social position, and the collection of scrap pigment to be refined into glorious 'univisual' shades seems to be the primary goal of the society. But perhaps there is more to the fixed and intransigent world in which Eddie finds himself, and when he meets Jane Grey, his worst suspicions are realised. Part comedy, part social satire (imagine Eton run by the Khmer Rouge) Shades is probably my most ambitious work to date. (One book so far; Book two due in 2013.)

:think:

That's what I referred to. :D
User avatar
BaldJean
Member
 
Posts: 111
Joined: Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:59 pm
Location: Cologne, Germany

Re: A recommenndation

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:27 am

Maybe he hasn't updated that bit yet. ;)
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 28663
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Re: A recommenndation

Postby BaldJean » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:20 am

Given that the website was apparently last updated before June 5th 2012 and the interview is from July 2012 I think it is more likely that the interview has the right date. But things appear to be a bit muddled nevertheless. Let's just wait and hope.

Meanwhile I just ordered the third book in the Thursday Next series; it will be at our local book store by tomorrow. We plan to read the Thursday Next novels first and then switch to other series of him. There are a few other books by other authors which are waiting on the shelves, but we are fast readers and usually manage to finish a book in a day. And since we rarely have to work (we have our staff at our restaurant and only appear their about once a week for one of our special events which are either a musical duo or a double contortionist act) and equally rarely watch TV we have plenty of time to read.
User avatar
BaldJean
Member
 
Posts: 111
Joined: Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:59 pm
Location: Cologne, Germany

Re: A recommenndation

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:39 am

If I remember rightly, Shades of Grey had a note at the back listing the sequels. I think this may have caused some of the confusion. :)
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 28663
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Re: A recommenndation

Postby raisindot » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:21 pm

I've read all of the Thursday Next books and the two Nursery series books.

My assessment is that Fforde is a second-rate imitator of far superior authors. The Thursday Next series is his extended takeoff from Woody Allen's classic short story The Kugelmas Episode. Fforde is clearly influenced by Pterry and Doug Adams and very painstakingly tries to outclever them. In spite of his derivative style, The Eyre Affair was a pretty decent read. Every additional book in the series has seen a geometrical drop in quality, humor, originality and sense, until the last two were nearly unreadable.

The first Nursery book--which apparently Fforde wrote before The Eyre Affair and then rewrote later--is, for me, his best book. The second book in that series is just plain awful.

There's far less to Fforde than meets the eye.
raisindot
Member
 
Posts: 3108
Joined: Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:28 pm
Location: Boston, MA USA

Re: A recommenndation

Postby michelanCello » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:49 pm

Tonyblack wrote:From the man himself. :)



He says the next Shades of Grey will be a prequel and should be published in 2014.

Thanks Tony! :) Sounds like Painting by numbers is still far away though :(
Listen.
User avatar
michelanCello
Member
 
Posts: 8591
Joined: Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:08 pm
Location: Budapest, Hungary (and yes, I'm sure it's Budapest, not Bucharest)

Re: A recommenndation

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:00 pm

Yes, I think that was a bit optimistic writing that in the book. :) I love his books. :D
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 28663
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Re: A recommenndation

Postby pip » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:47 am

To clarify on this Tony and Jean, Jasper was a bit over ambitious and didn't allow for publisher pressure when predicting his book releases. There should have been a third nursery crime book a few years ago but sadly there is none on the horizon. The third dragonlsayer is out October/November this year .
Shades of Greys sequel seems to be shelved for the moment and the next projects are a prequel of Shades of Grey for 2015 and a standalone novel next year. Sadly he seems to have done a lot more of the Thursday Books than was sensible. I'd swap the last 3 for one DCI Spratt book to be honest.
'There is no future for e-books, because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel.'
Ray Bradbury (RIP)
User avatar
pip
Member
 
Posts: 9336
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:20 am
Location: KILDARE

Re: A recommenndation

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:52 am

Thanks for the clarification, Pip. I haven't read the last Thursday next book yet, but enjoyed the previous one. I generally don't rush out and buy these like I do with Terry's and Bernard Cornwell's, but wait until they are in paperback. I did buy one Fforde book second hand really cheaply that was advertised as having "cover wear". When it arrived it was a pristine first edition hardback and the cover wear was part of the design. The book had never been opened. :lol:
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 28663
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Re: A recommenndation

Postby pip » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:11 am

Must be a thing with his books. The missus loved the Eyre Affair so I went and ordered the rest of his books up to that point second hand . I got six of them for just over a tenner, advertised as worn. Three of them arrived as signed first editions in perfect condition and the rest were immaculate.
Really gotten into Bernard Cornwell the last year. Started with Stonehenge, then The grail series . I've about five of his books on my to read pile now. Think I started because of a combination of you and Dug .
'There is no future for e-books, because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel.'
Ray Bradbury (RIP)
User avatar
pip
Member
 
Posts: 9336
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:20 am
Location: KILDARE

Re: A recommenndation

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:20 am

The Warlord Trilogy, Dark Ages Britain, is still my favourite and also my favourite working of the Arthur legend. :D
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 28663
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Re: A recommenndation

Postby pip » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:23 am

I'll add it to the list :D
'There is no future for e-books, because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel.'
Ray Bradbury (RIP)
User avatar
pip
Member
 
Posts: 9336
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:20 am
Location: KILDARE

Re: A recommenndation

Postby Bickaxe » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:19 pm

Jasper said at last years Ffiesta (June) something along the lines that Shades of Grey wasn't well received in forn parts so could he concentrate on Thursday Next. At the time, he was unsure if any more Shades of Grey would ever happen to which the whole crowd started booing him. There were rumours that Nursery Crimes 3 was happening.

I can't remember if he mentioned a film version of Eyre Affair.....
Fiendish til the en-
:twisted:
User avatar
Bickaxe
Member
 
Posts: 593
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:05 pm
Location: Newport

PreviousNext

Return to Non-Discworld books

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests