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Read in order!
on 10 January 2007
When I happened across this book in a sale I thought that the being a fan of humour novels and science fiction that this could be just my taste. 'Something Rotten' follows a literacy detective called Thursday Next as she tries to juggle several problems including; rewriting Hamlet, cloning Shakespeare, winning a croquet match and getting her husband to exist again.
As you can tell this book has quite a strange storyline and looks quite complicated. However, I was happy to find that it was actually an easy read and that all the subplots flowed quite easily. Fforde should be commended for avoiding a confusing mess.
The main issue I had with the book was the amount of in jokes and references to previous books in the series. I usually read books in order, but in many cases it does not matter too much e.g. Discworld. However, if you are going to read the Thursday Next series I advise reading them in order as this book was not that accessible to me. I look forward to reading the others but will start from the beginning!