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3.0 out of 5 stars .......ooh, a difficult one., 28 May 2012
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This review is from: Shades of Grey (Paperback)
This is a really good example of where Amazon reader reviews are so useful. I found this book REALLY hard to get into. Without any preamble, the author launches the reader into a very strange world thats quite difficult to comprehend, at first. A person's status in society is decided on by their ability to perceive colour, although most - from what I can gather - are only able to perceive one colour anyway. Greys, being unable to perceive any colour, are the lowest rung on the ladder.

Left to my own devices, I would have abandonned this book after the second chapter. However, I did bother myself to read the Amazon reviews and was confused by nearly all of them saying how wonderful this book was. There were a few though, that agreed it was difficult to get into and advocated persevering, which I did. After a few more chapters, I realised I wasn't struggling with the concept anymore and really quite enjoying it.

This is much darker than Fforde's previous works, all of which I have read, and very political. I did enjoy it, however, it was hard work at first. I feel it would have been fairly simple to introduce and explain the concept to the reader, as was managed with the Thursday Next series. Personally, I'm waiting (in vain, methinks) for the follow up to The Fourth Bear............ Mr Fforde, please??
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Initial post: 23 Sep 2012 19:42:12 BDT
Demelcy says:
I did the same almost gave up after the first few chapters, looked at the Amazon reviews and decided to carry on reading. Glad I did!

Posted on 13 Oct 2012 19:17:45 BDT
I think that the Thursday Next books are pretty dark, despite the humour - the Goliath Corporation is a pretty sinister organisation and a dark satire on modern multinational corporations, particularly as it never seems to actually be defeated. I have now read 'Shades of Grey' four times and each time I've found more in it. The first reading did take a bit of getting into, but it rapidly sucked me into the world he's created. I just wish he'd get on and write the next one as he left so many questions unanswered. My only problem with the book is that its title is so close to the godawful 'Fifty Shades of Grey' novel by E.L.James, that my mum (seeing a copy of Fforde's novel beside my bed) now thinks I'm into reading badly-written books about unconvincing sadomasochistic romance!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2012 23:18:05 BDT
pigsmayfly says:
Oh dear, I had a similar experience. I didn't even know about those 'other' books until I told my friend about Fforde's Shades of Grey and she went and bought a very different book.

I absolutely agree with your comments on Fforde's writing.
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