Something Rotten (Thursday Next #4)
In Something Rotten, Thursday returns from the book world to late-1980s England with her two-year-old son, two dodos and the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet, who wishes to see a bit of the world. As it happens, Hamlet's arrival in the real world poses a bit of a problem, for unbeknownst to Thursday, a fictional...more
How can a book this hilarious make me weep like a heartbroken teenager at the end? I laughed, I cried - I was nearly institutionalized because of the Fforde-induced bipolar syndrome this book caused.
It wasn't just me. Hamlet (various classic fiction characters make grand entrances in all...more
THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES.
Thursday Next is living in Bookworld. She is one of the rare, rare people with the ability to read herself into books. Now she is The Bellman - the sort of leader in charge of Bookworld. She spends her days calming fictional characters, stopping character rebellion, and keeping plotlines stable. She has a two-year-old son, the boy Friday. Her husband and one true love, Landon, is eradica...more
I so enjoy these books it’s been too long since I picked one up and it was the best way to end my year in reading! Hamlet...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially after being introduced to it in one of the most the delicious juxt...more
There is a fine line between satire and stupidity. Up until now Fforde has rode that line well, sometimes straying somewhat close but never crossing it. This book left the line 100 yards back after spitting on it.
I honestly don't even know where to start in explaining why I disliked this book so much. Granted I haven't been much of a fan of the entire series, but if this book had been the first I wouldn't have even used the rest to level my table or prop my door...more
At the end of the first round, I will award three points to Mr. Kaine for an excellent non-specific condemnation, plus one bonus point for blaming the previous government and another for successfully mutating the question to pro...more
In addition, I am very impressed by Fforde's website, w...more
Jasper Fforde – 4th in series
Hodder & Stoughton, 2004 – UK Hardcover
Tuesday Next is back from BookWorld with her son, two dodos and Hamlet determined to un-eradicate her husband. But, among other things, she must also prevent Yorrick Kane, a fictional character, from becoming dictator, avoid being killed by an assassin, and prevent Armageddon by ensuring that the Seventh Revealment of St. Zvlkx is fulfilled by having Swindon win the 198...more
I all the time wonder how I can make up a story like Jasper Fforde does...There's a croquet tournament, people, and the world's fate depends on who will win. Who thinks of that? Genuises like Jasper Fforde, that's who.
I thought the book wrapped up the series nicely...And then I saw the next Thursday Next novel at Barnes & Noble and actually squealed with delight. Can't wait to read it and see if Jasper Fforde has done it again, though I'm a...more
Thursday Next, Head of JurisFiction and ex-SpecOps agent, returns to her native Swindon accompanied by a child of two, a pair of dodos and Hamlet, who is on a fact-finding mission in the real world. Thursday has been despatched to capture escaped Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine but even so, now seems as good a time as any to retrieve her husband Landen from his state of eradication at the hands of the Chronoguard. It's not going to be easy. Thursday's former colleagues at the department of Lite
Thursday just wants to get her husband back but things get more interesting when her father, the time traveller, tells her she must make sure Swindon wins the croquet Super Hoop competition or a chain of events will lead to world destruction.
In the meantime, Hamlet, wh...more
Thursday has returned from the book world to the real world to finally put an end to corrupt politician and fictional character Yorrick Kaine and to force Goliath to reactualise her missing husband Landen but will she suceed?
Yorrick Kaine has got hold of a mind control devise and plans to rule the country while starting a war with the Dutch for reasons revealed further on in the story.
On top of all this Thursday must fulfill the prophecy of a 13th century...more
In the Well of Lost Plots, it was justified to say that the whole plot was complex since it had happened inside the book world. In Something Rotten, complexity is but a state. This 4th installment is a whirlwind of plots which was neatly tied together in the end. I dearly have to add that St. Zvlkx had me ROFL.
Needless to say, this whole series is weird in the most entertaining way.