Something Rotten (Thursday Next) Hardcover – 26 Jul 2004
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A born wordsmith of effervescent imagination (Christina Hardyment, Independent)
[Fforde's] brand of inspired lunacy truly stands on its own ... this new book completes his creation of a world of true literary comic genius (Sunday Express on THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS)
An immensely enjoyable, almost compulsive experience (New York Times on LOST IN A GOOD BOOK)
Don't ask, just read it. Fforde is a true original (Sunday Express on LOST IN A GOOD BOOK)
It is always a privilege to watch the birth of a cult, and Hodder has just cut the umbilical cord ... There are shades of Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, CLOCKWORK ORANGE and 1984. And that's just for starters (Time Out, on THE EYRE AFFAIR)
Ingenious - I'll watch Jasper Fforde nervously (Terry Pratchett on THE EYRE AFFAIR)
The fourth book in the phenomenally successful, bestselling Thursday Next adventures, from an author with the trans-genre appeal of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.See all Product description
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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.
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.
In this book Thursday returns from the literary world to Swindon with her son, Friday, Hamlet The Prince of Denmark, Pickwick the Dodo and Pickwick's son, Alan. She is desperate to have her husband, Landon Parke-Laine de-eradicated and is still on the trail of Yorrick Kaine.
This is a brilliant book and by far the best in the series so far. In fact, if you look back at my review of book 3 in the series you will see that I said pretty much the same about that one! This is a series which gets better with each passing book. The reader is now comfortable with the alternative 1980s England which features in this book. We have got used to the literary world being rather real, Wales being an independent country, Thursday's father popping in and stopping time as required and the great many other unusual happenings. This enables the author to have a lot of fun with the characters and plots without totally confusing the reader.
This is an amusing book which made me laugh outloud in several places. In some places it is quite absurd and in others very clever. The characters are wonderful. I am especially fond of little Friday who I can see becoming a very important character in future books.
I don't want to say any more about this book as I really will spoil it for those who have yet to read it. All I can say is settle back and be prepared to be entertained!
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