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The Eyre affair : a novel
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Great Britain, 1985. The Crimean War has dragged on for 130 years. England is practically a police state. Cloned dodo birds are the pet of choice. Even time travel is routine. For plucky literary detective Thursday Next, this is all in a day’s work. Thursday’s got other things on her mind. She’s got a dysfunctional family—her mother is distinctly wacky, her father is a rogue time-traveler, her absent-minded uncle keeps forgetting what his inventions do, and she’s still got to win back her long-lost love. Thursday’s also got a challenging career. Literature is taken very seriously in this surreal version of England and Thursday’s job is to track down Shakespeare forgeries and the like, with some occasional freelance work on the vampire and werewolf hunting squad. But when a criminal mastermind figures out how to go inside the world of fiction and starts kidnapping characters from their books, Thursday takes a stand. What good would the world be, after all, without Jane Eyre? Allusions to the great works of literature abound and readers will have a ball spotting them. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, and—above all—humor all play a role in this madcap adventure. But it’s the character of Thursday that really makes The Eyre Affair and its sequels the quirky, madcap reads that they are. Thursday Next is a no-nonsense, hardboiled detective, but she’s also a plucky, witty, winsome heroine just trying to keep her life from spinning out of control. Jasper Fforde begs, borrows, and steals from the classical works of literature and almost every literary genre to create a delightfully comic and satirical world that gets more and more inventive with every turn of the page. Book 2: Lost in a Good Book
posted Jun 12, 2009 at 11:19AM
If you ever read Jane Eyre in school - here is your revenge! This book has a little bit of everything. Little bit science fiction ( a device is created to be able to go into books, and beome involved in the story), little bit of mystery( there is criminal on the loose that needs to be cuaght), and a WHOLE Lot of humor that will keep you laughing till the last page.
posted Sep 10, 2009 at 1:38PM
The best kind of oddball Fantasy Detective hybrid.
posted Nov 11, 2009 at 12:54PM
Thursday Next is a hard-headed, soft-hearted woman living in Swindon in an alternate England circa the 1980s. She is a veteran of the hundred-year Crimean War. Her pet, Pickwick, is an early model clone of a dodo bird. Her job involves hunting down criminals who, in this literature-obsessed version of England where citizens take their reading very seriously, can go to jail for forging Shakespearean verse. For a bit of extra cash, Thursday helps destroy the occasional vampire or ghoul. Then, just as Thursday has finally decided to win back her long-lost love Landon Park-Lane, things begin to get interesting. Her uncle Mycroft’s new invention, a Prose Portal that can transport readers into the books they’re reading, is stolen by a criminal mastermind. Soon, one of Thursday’s favorite characters of all time and a beloved heroine of Western literature has gone missing, kidnapped out of her book—Jane Eyre herself is in mortal danger, and only Thursday can save the day. And that’s just the first book. Throughout the rest of her wildly inventive genre-bending books, Thursday maneuvers between the world of fiction and the real world on a series of adventures involving literary characters like Hamlet and the Cheshire Cat, wooly mammoths, mind-controlling villains, Neanderthals, evil corporations bent on global control, and—lest you thought we forgot—time travel. Thursday’s father is an ex-member of an elite team of government agents who specialize in time travel; years ago, he disagreed with his superiors and took refuge in constant time travel. Supposedly eradicated, completely erased from existence, Thursday’s dad still manages to pop up to give her advice, warn her about events to come, or just have a cuppa tea. Zany, wickedly funny, and satirical, The Thursday Next novels are a highly amusing jumble of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery and without a doubt one of the more delightful ways to solve a crime, travel through time, or simple get lost in a good book. Thursday Next Novels by Jasper Fforde 1.The Eyre Affair 2.Lost in a Good Book 3.The Well of Lost Plots 4.Something Rotten 5.First Among Sequels 6.One of Our Thursdays is Missing (due 2010)
posted Dec 30, 2009 at 3:59PM
The Eyre Affair opens in an alternative universe--Great Britain in 1985, where England has been at war with Russia over the Crimea for 130 years, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality and literature is taken very seriously. Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed! Enter Thursday Next. She's the Special Ops literary detective, who pursues literary crimes such as forgery, plagiarism, manuscript theft, and the abuse of literary characters. Thursday is put in charge of the investigation, but soon Jane Eyre and Rochester are also involved in the adventure—literally! Usually I love the alternative history, time travel and fantasy genres—but I found this novel to drag on. So much of the book deals with the “set up” of Thursday’s world that I felt that the plot was somewhat thin. However, the end of the book does move along more quickly—and is more satisfying. A 3 out of 5 stars.
posted Apr 17, 2013 at 11:45AM
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Special operative in literary detection.
Kidnaps characters from works of literature.