- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Viking Books (5 Aug. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670033596
- ISBN-13: 978-0670033591
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.4 x 22 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,627,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Something Rotten (Thursday Next Novels (Viking)) Hardcover – 5 Aug 2004
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"Harry Potter Just For Adults ... effortlessly readable and unashamedly escapist."
"It s easy to be delighted by a writer who loves books so madly." The New York Times
"Impressive, and arguably Fforde s best work to date." The Denver Post"
"It's easy to be delighted by a writer who loves books so madly." --The New York Times
"Impressive, and arguably Fforde's best work to date." --The Denver Post--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The fourth book in the phenomenally successful, bestselling Thursday Next adventures, from an author with the beyond-genre appeal of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
After a disastrous incident in the Wild West, Thursday Next decides to leave Jurisfiction, and goes home with her two-year-old son Friday. But things aren't more peaceful in the real world: The Goliath Corporation has become a religion, there's a politician named Yorrick Kaine blaming the Danes for everything, and a croquet match is set to determine the fate of the world. If they win, the Goliath Corporation (and Kaine) are finished. If they lose, the world has a 22% chance of Armageddon.
Thursday's personal life is no easier. Her husband has been "eradicated," and her mom's house is full of guests from Hamlet to a 13th-century seer. Now her only hope lies in somehow getting the Goliath Corporation to give her husband back, and in winning the cricket match (with the help of Hamlet and a bunch of Neanderthals). But Kaine and the Corporation aren't about to go down without a fight... and they might take Thursday down with them.
Jasper Fforde won readers' hearts with the comedy/mystery/fantasy/satire "The Eyre Affair," and kept winning them with the two sequels. Though "Well of Lost Books" was a bit shaky, "Rotten" gets its footing quickly. Any book that has Ophelia staging a coup and taking over the play must be a winner. But Fforde also wraps up some threads from the earlier books, such as Landen's eradication.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jasper Fforde is a seer. Or at least a marvellous satirist. Bears multiple re-readings it's so good, along with the rest of the Thursday Next series.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Read it ages ago. will re-read it some time. good story. Fford is a good story teller, interesting, wacky! Not as well written as some but I love his take on things.Published 14 months ago by kc
The next part in a great series of books - clever, imaginative, entertaining, funny... brilliant.Published 15 months ago by Pete in UK
VERY GOOD. IF YOU HAVE READ BOOKS 1 ,2 & 3 IT FOLLOWS PERFECTLY.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
All the books should be required reading for aspiring writers. Lots of fun in jokes (including Stig of the Dump).Published 17 months ago by sollers
Another fabulous book in the Thursday Next series, really enjoyed reading this and would recommend it to anyone.Published 17 months ago by Mrs J Moulder