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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (11 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340825952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340825952
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.7 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jasper Fforde is the critically acclaimed author of The Last Dragonslayer series: THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER, THE SONG OF THE QUARKBEAST and THE EYE OF ZOLTAR, SHADES OF GREY, the Nursery Crime books: THE BIG OVER EASY and THE FOURTH BEAR and the Thursday Next novels: THE EYRE AFFAIR, LOST IN A GOOD BOOK, THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, FIRST AMONG SEQUELS, ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING and THE WOMAN WHO DIED A LOT.

After giving up a varied career in the film world, he now lives and writes in Wales, and has a passion for aviation.

To find out more visit Jasper's website www.jasperfforde.com, Facebook page www.facebook.com/jasperffordebooks or follow him on Twitter @jasperfforde.

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Don't ask. Just read it. Fforde is a true original. (Sunday Express)

'Jasper Fforde's imagination is a literary volcano in full spate . . . SOMETHING ROTTEN is arguably Fforde's best book yet . . . Fforde has a knack of creating memorable characters whom the reader greets like long-lost friends . . . Buy it; chuckles guaranteed.' - Independent

the best yet, which is quite remarkable considering how good the others were. (Express)

Ingenious - I'll watch Jasper Fforde nervously (Terry Pratchett on The Eyre Affair)

Jasper Fforde's imagination is a literary volcano in full spate . . . SOMETHING ROTTEN is arguably Fforde's best book yet . . . Fforde has a knack of creating memorable characters whom the reader greets like long-lost friends . . . Buy it; chuckles guaranteed. (Independent)

Amazing . . . Fforde's literary invention and playfulness is unique (Poisoned Pen)

Jasper Fforde has gone where no fictioneer has gone before. Millions of readers now follow ... Thank you, Jasper (Guardian)

'a wild rush of outrageous notions and silly jokes and leaves you feeling pleasantly tipsy' - People Magazine

Very clever, very imaginative and very funny (Daily Express)

The best yet, which is quite remarkable considering how good the others were. (Sunday Express)

Phew...Jasper Fforde has done it again...the author has now written a sparkling, stimulating and downright hilarious series...Jasper Fforde is a true original, as are the people who populate his world. (Herts & Essex Observer)

'The complexity of the plotting is le Carre-like in its ingenuity; the back-story detailing is Dickensian both in its vividness and in its depth; Umberto Eco would recognise an erudition that challenges his own (and far surpasses that of the hugely-overrated Dan Brown), and Orwell would have been proud of the persuasiveness of the depictions of the evil influence of multinational conglomerates, as exemplified by the Goliath Corporation, and of the inescapable misery and squalor of totalitarian communism as evinced by the Socialist Republic of Wales (national motto: "Not Always Raining"). One has to consider Jasper Fforde in the context of his predecessors in surreal comic fantasy - Lewis Carroll, Thorne Smith, the Goons, the Monty Python team, Douglas Adams, Robert Rankin, Terry Pratchett and the rest - and in many ways he not only matches their genius, but actually transcends it.' (War Correspondent - the Journal of the Crimean War Research Society)

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The Number One bestseller and the fourth Thursday Next adventure - 'Don't ask. Just read it'.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Granny Weatherwax on 27 Jun. 2006
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After enjoying all Thursday Next books, I was a bit reluctant to start reading the final volume, as it often happens to me with series I really love. I guess I feared the author could not possibly tie all the loose ends and finish the story in a way to match the previous volumes, without abandoning some of the subplots. After finishing the book in a single day (and night) I admit I was very wrong to doubt Jasper Fforde. It is quite amazing how a writer can mix together time travel, "fictional" characters, cartoonish science projects, apocalyptic prophecies and cloned human ancestors and still write a consistent story. Until now, whenever I was reading books of comic fiction I would inevitably compare them to Pratchett, but not this time. Jasper Fforde with this series sets his own standards and I am pretty sure I will find myself comparing new authors to this work in the future.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2005
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The latest Thursday Next saga is certainly the best, providing that you've read the rest of the series. If you haven't, you'll find it difficult to follow the exciting adventures of Thursday in the Outerworld, as she fights to save her eradicated husband, raise their paradoxical son Friday, stop Yorrick Kaine and the dastardly Goliath Corporation, foil an assassin, capture the Minotaur, bring about world peace, and win an un-winnable croquet match in the process.
Taking a leave of absence from the Bookworld, Thursday reappears in the real world to find that the Goliath Corporation has ascended to new heights of mind control, Yorrick Kaine has inexplicably risen to power, her bosses are not particularly happy about her unauthorized 2 1/2 year absence, and she's got a downtrodden Hamlet, an amorous Emma Hamilton and a dashing Otto Bismarck to contend with.
More than up to the task, but not quite sure how to sort anything out, she makes a deal with Goliath, visits the netherworld with vampire hunter Spike, and somehow ends up managing the local croquet team in an all-important championship match.
One of Fforde's most imaginative novels, this one is highly recommended for fans of the Thursday Next series.
Amanda Richards
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Chalk on 6 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
I am not sure how many adjectives I can use about the Thursday Next series as I feel I have used them all up in reviewing the past 3 books. Actually to be fair it really should be superlatives I am talking about as I have found this series one of the most delightful works of fiction to come out of Wales in a long time... Nuts to that, lets go the whole hog and say all of Britain even, dare I say it, the world!

Something Rotten follows on from Thursday's stint in The Well of Lost Plots where she ended up heading Jurisfiction, a role she carries on in this novel but soon on realises she cannot stay in fiction forever and a role back at SO-27 with her partner Bowden awaits her... How will Thursday adjust to life back in the real world? Will Plickwick's new baby "Alan" get an ASBO? Will the `Thals get their right to procreate agreed? And finally, will Hamlet make it back into, well Hamlet? These and many other questions will be attempted by Thursday but her success is largely upon, well her (in more ways than you can imagine...).

Thursday is really growing into a well rounded but fallible heroin, the kind that you can really fund yourself routing for but laughing at, at the same time; just imagine the haircut at the beginning of the tale and you will know exactly what I mean. The development of the other characters in this book is what sets it apart for me though, St Zvlkx is absolutely priceless and Emperor Zhark is such excellent fodder to Thursday's stirring belief in everything being done the "right way".

My feeling with this book is that this is the end of the road for Thursday Next, at least in the direction it has been heading thus far but that said Jasper Fforde hasn't failed to surprise me in one page throughout this series and I don't doubt he will manage it again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "nic29" on 30 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Having read and adored Jasper Fforde's three previous books in the Thursday Next series, I was eagerly awaiting the fourth instalment - especially as the man himself was holding a book signing in the area. I told him as he signed my copy that I would be awake all night until I finished, as I always am with his books, and that is exactly what happened. It was as if the book was glued to my hands.
The story joins Thursday as she returns to the 'real world' after a two year spell as the bellman of jurisfiction, and follows her struggles with Goliath, SO-1, a lethal assassin and Swindon's premier croquet team. Something Rotten has the bewildering, incredulous and highly ironic storyline I have come to associate with Jasper Fforde; and I was delighted with the return of many characters from the previous novels including Spike Stoker, Emperor Zhark and the wonderfully named Brik Schitt-Hawse. I was also ecstatic to discover the mystery of Millon de Floss. Comments from the previous novels which seemed strangely random fall seamlessly into place with delightful irony; and on looking back through the first three novels, many seemingly innocent remarks have gained a fresh irony.
The final chapters of the novel astounded me, and also baffled me for several days. Jasper Fforde is nothing short of exceptional; he has done classical literature a great service by making it electrifying and, literally, bringing its characters to life.
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