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Shades of Grey by [Fforde, Jasper]
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Full of brilliantly inventive wordplay and quirky fabrications (Mail on Sunday)

This colour-coded world of black-and-white regulations and heirachies is created with spry invention and wit (Daily Mail)

'Fans of the late Douglas Adams or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde' (Herald)

SHADES OF GREY has something of a flavour of Terry Gilliam's Brazil. . .but the novel is much gentler than Gilliam's savage madcappery, and Fforde's world is more old-fashioned public school than bureaucratic nightmare (Guardian)

Full of colourful characters and amusingly bizarre plot twists. . . SHADES OF GREY is a clever and enjoyable read (SFX Magazine)

There are distinct shades of Orwell's 1984 (Daily Express)

A brilliantly written book- full of witticisms, wordplay and puns (News Of The World)

'Fforde's books are more than an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted . . . and are embellished with the rich details of a Dickens or Pratchett' (Independent)

'No summaries can do justice to the sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality of the works, nor to their vast repertoire of intricate wordplay and puns' (The Times)

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Imagine a black and white world where colour is a commodity . . . It is a world invented by comic and creative genius - and Number One bestseller - Jasper Fforde.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1081 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340963069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340963067
  • ASIN: B003M5IAI4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 254 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a marvellous book. I paid full price - normally against my most dearly held beliefs - as, after reading a sample, I couldn't resist reading it all. What a shock to find it was the first of a planned trilogy, and that the second instalment is unlikely to arrive before 2019. Anyway, that aside, this is that most unusual of books - comic fantasy that doesn't make me cringe. I'm not a fan of the Terry Pratchett type of heavy handed fantasy humour, but be assured that there are no farting gargoyles or other pantomime elements. The comedy here comes from situation and character - and of course, from the brilliantly imagined setting of the world Fforde has built. The world building takes its time to reveal its complexity, subtlety and deep ridiculousness and at first it seems mostly like material for jokes. But as Eddie Russett and his father become more embroiled in the society of East Carmine, the more troubling aspects of Chromatacia's colour based hierarchy become apparent. Petty bureaucrats are more dangerous than they first appear. There are romance, death, hobbies, Vettrianos and spoons - although the latter are a bit dodgy. Eventually, Eddie becomes a sort of freedom fighter, mostly by mistake, but along the way there is a lot of fun to be had.
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I first read Shades of Grey on first publication, what seems like far too many years ago. I revisited it thanks to a Kindle promotion, and I still love the totally sincere lunacy of this book. I saw a few twists coming, I have to admit, but the journey is so much fun, and frequently hilarious.

I hope a sequel will come out in the not too distant future. It's far too strong a concept to stay as a standalone!
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Mr Fforde seemed to have a sudden rush of books come out a short while ago, and this was towards the end of that rush. Forget what the title implies, this is also probably the most brilliant - one of those books that everyone should read at least once. Seriously... on first reading I felt I new some of the characters so well that I could picture who I would cast to play them (and Summer Glau doesn't get cast enough ANYWAY).
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This is the first book I have read from Jasper Fforde and I loved it.
The post "something that happened" world engrossed me, characters where well rounded and engaging, and there are enough unanswered questions to by the end to leave me wanting more. How did the human race evolve to be controlled by colour? How technological advance where the 'pervious'? ? Are we the 'riff raff'???
Come on book 2!
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Novel idea - just wish Jasper Fforde had written a follow up as it leaves you wanting more - always the sign of a good fantasy novel
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Actually did enjoy reading this book although is not my choice of subject. But that is the joy of book clubs, we read books we would not choose to buy personally. It is well written, easy reading, with a good sense of humour. And I would recommend it.
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A bit of a departure for Jasper Fforde here.Set in a society some time in the future after "something happened" the rules and hierarchy are based on colour-perception. I found the book enjoyable but a bit confusing the first time I read it so I read it again straight away. Since then I've read it about one every six weeks and I see more and understand more every time. It's also very funny but what else would you expect from Jasper Fforde?
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Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors and this is my favourite book of his. Witty, clever, and more addictive than a fistful of Columbia's finest. Just read and enjoy.
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