Thursday, June 18, 2009

'Something Rotten'- Jasper Fforde

Rating: 10/10

This is the Fforde we've been waiting for. The characters and plot lines from the previous books The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book and Well of Lost Plots are handled so well and blended into this wonder of a novel.

There are plenty of laugh out loud passages in the book. Fforde is at his sarcastic and creative best here as Thursday Next fights to save the world from Yorrick Kaine and the Armageddon. The Swindon Mallets need to win to help save the world- a highly unlikely thing considering they're amongst the worst teams ever. But Thursday tries to make the impossible happen, all this while babysitting her son Friday, trying to get back her eradicated husband Landen and fighting Goliath to its end. Not to mention repeated assassination attempts on her and taking care of the greatest Dane Hamlet at a time when Kaine calls the Danish to be responsible for all the problems faced by Britain.

It is a laughter riot- be it the Goliath Apologarium, Evade the Question Time, all of Kaine's anti-Danish proclamations, Thursday's very own stalker from the Amalgamated Union of Stalkers, St Zvlkx or the Superhoop finale. A fitting ending, exceeding even the most Himalayan expectations, leaving you wanting for more of the genius that is Jasper Fforde

Recommended for: Fans of uber creative writing.

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