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Something Rotten (Thursday Next Novels (Viking)) Hardcover – 5 Aug 2004

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  • 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)
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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

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"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

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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.

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another good book not much else I can say if u like the author u will love this book and read it again
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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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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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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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jan. 2006
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"This is fiction. Odd things are MEANT to happen." That remark, coming from galactic tyrant Emperor Zhark, sets the tone for Jasper Fforde's fourth book in the still-fresh Thursday Next series, "Something Rotten." Funny, literate, and sometimes quite poignant, this proves that Fforde still has the spark.

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.
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