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Something Rotten (Thursday Next #4)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  23,868 ratings  ·  1,071 reviews
Thursday Next means business.

Literary detective Thursday Next is on a mission - and it's not just a mission to save the planet. If only life were that simple...

Unemployed following an international cheese-smuggling scandal, our favourite cultural crime-fighter is faced with a world of problems: Hamlet's not attending his conflict resolution classes, President George Formby
Paperback, 385 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published August 5th 2004)
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The fouth instalment of the Thursday Next series is my favourite one, the one in which all the plotlines set out earlier are woven together and political satire enters the series in a grand way.

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
R.S. Carter
Have you started the Thursday Next series yet? If not, put the first book The Eyre Affair on your short list. This is one of my favorite series and Something Rotten is easily the best book in the series thus far.

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
With every book I've read in this series, I've said the same thing: this was fun but I doubt I'll continue on with the series. Well, this is the fourth book and I give up. I'm going to keep reading Thursday Next books because they're absolutely ridiculous and they make me laugh. This time around, Thursday is back in the real world, where she has to deal with fictional would-be dictators, semi-dead presidents, a husband who may not actually exist, violent cricket matches, 13th century mystics, a ...more
Two years have passed and Thursday is still working in Jurisfiction and hunting the Minotaur, but she longs to return to the real world and find Landen, previously eradicated by the Goliath Corporation. Her son Friday is now two

She returns to Swindon with Hamlet, who wants to see what the real world is like and stays with her mother and father. She gets her job back at SpecOps and starts to find out all she has missed. President George Formby is still in power but the Goliath Corporation has mad
Happy birthday, William Shakespeare, and as a gift for your 450th, I present to you an excellent book written for your 440th. Jasper Fforde has exactly the same love of reading and writer's inventiveness as many of the great ones who are inspired by your creativity. Not only does he give Hamlet some thoughtful reflection upon his role as a dithering protagonist, but also literally brings you back to life with all the tragic consequences of your great plays. Okay, not even King Lear suggests an a ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Book lovers
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
The fourth (4th) book in the Thursday Next 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
This was just okay for me. There was so much going on. The author kept it reigned in, but it was like a jumbo zig zag. Usually I like busy, so I'm not sure why this rubbed me the wrong way. There was also a fair amount of repetition which caused eye rolling....not excessive eye rolling...just basic eye rolling.

I liked Thurdsay. She was great. I also liked Hamlet. He seemed like the comic relief. Everything else was just okay.
Dieser Band hat mir wieder außerordentlich gut gefallen. Der in sich konsistente Erzählstrang, nämlich die Anti-Nichtung des Ehemanns Landen und die damit einhergehenden witzigen Begleiterscheinungen inklusive wiederholter Rettung des gesamten Planeten, werden extrem lustig und rasant erzählt. An traumhaft kuriosen kleinen innovativen Feuerwerken abseits des Hauptplotes wird auch nicht gespart: eine SO Stalkereinheit, oder Selbsthilfegruppen für Figuren bei denen die Urheberrechtssperre abläuft, ...more
If only I could find my notes, I might be able to write something coherent about 'Something Rotten' (it's a quote from Hamlet, don't you know?), but as it is, I only know that it was certainly on a par with The Eyre Affair for madcap mayhem, unexpected plot twists and ridiculous situations. It defies description. Just read it and give your smiling muscles a workout.

The connection of this Thursday Next book to Hamlet is as tenuous as it could possibly be, which is just as well, as I've managed to
If you haven't met Thursday Next, she's worth the time. Jasper Fforde has created a plucky girl hero who uses judo (or something), handles a gun and other weapons, nurtures her pet dodo bird Pickwick and Pickwick's naughty son, deals with her time-traveling Dad and his poor memory, and brings to heel some misbehaving fictional and historical characters in her work for Jurisfiction, the secret British intelligence agency that polices books. Learn how she gets her husband back after he is/was/will ...more
Another fun installment in the Thursday Next Series. Thursday has decided it’s time to come back to the real world, she has been living in the book world for 2 years, since her husband Landen was eradicated, but as you know trouble follows our Thursday and as much as she wants Landen back there are some bad people out there that want her eradicated in every sense of the word.

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
Ms. Smartarse
I regarded reading the 4th book in the series more like a duty, rather than something interesting to pass time with. I didn't really want to read it now, but since I got through the first 3 I might as well read the 4th one too, right? Plus I would've probably forgotten the plot in a year. In other words: Something Rotten was bound for failure right from the beginning.

... and now I'm wondering if I could just possibly insert yet another I somewhere in this paragraph: I!

sorry bro

Two years have passed since
This whole series is beyond clever, and this is one of my favorite books in it.
Time-travel paradoxes, deadly assassins, fictional characters escaped into the real world, a violent version of croquet, dodos, neanderthals, thirteenth century prophets, a Chekhov's gun planted three books earlier, and Thursday Next, our book-jumping heroine, Jurisfiction agent, Literatec operative, and new mommy, with a sometimes actualized husband.
There is nothing here that isn't fantastic, in all senses of the wor
Linda  Branham Greenwell
This story begins with Thursday back in the real world - and not the book world. The book world was entertaining for awhile - but I am glad she is back in the real world ande only having visitors from the book world :)
With Thursday, in this book, are her young son Friday and Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. Thursday's trip out of Jurisfiction in the book world does not bring a lot of relaxation.
Her first priority is to get her husband Landon uneradicated ... which is no easy task - she must visit
It explains several things that I missed since I read the rest of the series without reading this book. There are also some very unexpected twists. Not the most riveting book in the series, but still well-written. A good intro to Spike, but I like their adventures more in other books. Also, I think Spike may have been spiteful towards Thursday in other books, but I don't know where that came from. He doesn't seem angry or upset at her in this one. Oh well! It was a good and entertaining read tho ...more
Something Rotten...but the problem isn't in Denmark. With the list of new August titles arriving in my email box, Goodreads fuelled my excitement: (another Jasper Fforde book! - is there enough time to run to Bryan Prince Booksellers to get a copy before they close?) only to be dashed - I've already read it, (although not in German...) the fourth book in the Thursday Next series. sigh.....
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially after being introduced to it in one of the most the delicious juxt
Utterly disappointing. Seriously.

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
“Something Rotten” is the fourth book in Jasper Fforde's entertaining and funny Thursday Next series. For two and a half years Thursday has lived in the literary world. She now heads the Jurisfiction Agency. Their goal to “safeguard the stability of the written word" in literature caused Thursday’s position to be hectic, stressful, and often times dangerous. With a two year old son, Thursday decides its time to go home. She wants to continue her efforts to bring back her eradicated husband, Land ...more
Das meiner Meinung nach bisher beste Buch der "Thursday Next"-Reihe. Ich liebe diese Reihe einfach. Thursday will nun endlich die Entnichtung ihres Ehemannes Landen Parke-Laine durchsetzen, sie hat allerdings noch eine Reihe anderer Probleme. Mit allerlei durchsichtigen anti-dänischen Ressentiments will sich der miese Yorrick Kane mit Hilfe einer Gehirnwäsche-Apparatur der zwielichtigen Goliath Corporation nämlich zum uneingeschränkten Diktator Englands aufschwingen -- und das, obwohl er nur ein ...more
Pixie Dust
I don’t understand how Fforde does it, but the Thursday Next books just keep getting better. This is the 4th in the series and in my opinion, the best so far. The plot is not as meandering as the previous one, and so easier to follow. In this instalment, Thursday is still at her multi-tasking best – dealing with problems of catastrophic proportions in the Bookworld (the hostile takeover of Hamlet, no less!), rescuing Danish books in SpecOps, rescuing souls from the Underworld, covering as manage ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: Antof9
This was brilliant to read during the elections. Wow. Within the first two chapters, Fforde presents two political opponents battling it out on a show called Evade the Question Time. After the first volley of answers and debate, the moderator scores the participants thus:

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
Adam Floridia
A fun, light read. This may have been my favorite in the series because of the inclusion of Hamlet--the play/character that I have known the most about so far. The series reminds me more and more of a bibliophile's Harry Potter. In fact, the part I liked least was the seemingly forced inclusion of the huge-super-croquet (SuperHoop) match, which was like a poor man's Quidditch. Overall, though, a very quick read good for quite a few chuckles.

In addition, I am very impressed by Fforde's website, w
Since this is probably my favorite of the Thursday Next novels, I will write about it- but I would highly recommend all of them. Thursday Next inhabits an England that seems to be from a parallel universe- our own time period, but vastly different. People actually love reading, and literature is a huge part of society and culture. Several hundred people have even officially changed their names to John Milton. Thursday Next is capable of entering the book world and has now spent several years as ...more
Another decent installment to the Thursday Next series, but to be honest, if it weren't for the ending this would have been two stars. The pace was good and the writing interesting, I read more than half of this in one go in a fit of sleeplessness, but I didn't laugh. Not once. And that is supposed to be why I read Fforde. If this book were a stand-up act, it would be one of those greeted with agreeable applause and nodding heads from the audience rather than hoots, snorts or even chuckles of la ...more
SOMETHING ROTTEN (Literary Fantasy-England-Future) – VG+
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
Originally read July 2007, reread in November 2012.

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
Didn't enjoy the plot of this one as much as much as its predecessors; it felt less driven and more meandering than the others. Probably because there was a bit less of the madcap action, even Thursday didn't really know what was going on, and I was sad that the Bookverse had taken a backseat to the real world.

But it was absolutely, completely worth it because of the twist, and because of the awesome connections Fforde made right back to the very first book. The man is a genius at continuity, an
I just can't even with the sheer brilliance of Fforde's ability to plan. There's a pun that he set up four books ago that is just freaking wonderful. There are also heaps and heaps and heaps of references that he throws in (hey, Star Wars!) with absolutely no comment just to see if you're paying attention to the writing style. It''s inspiring. If I can write half as mindfully as Jasper Fforde ever, I will be doing okay.

That said, I didn't feel this was a strong an entry in the series, part
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from Deborah--

It's once more down the rabbit hole. In Jasper Fforde's Something Rotten, Thursday finds herself back in the "normal" world which intersects with BookWorld which she lived in during the previous novel. Living within fictional plots, taking on the rules of fiction (people's depth of personalities limited by the novels they inhabit and any action - like washing hands - only allowed if necessary for the plot) was such fun that I thought the return to real life would be a bit boring.

I first read a Jasper Fforde book when I was in late high school. At the time we had recently studied Shakespeare's Hamlet and that had been one of the more enjoyable studies of my year 11 English class. In addition to Hamlet, we were also studying "Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead" by Tom Stoppard. I was thoroughly ensconsed in the world of Hamlet and medieval Denmark.

A relevent back story is that my father is a great reader of very serious non-fiction books on subjects such as finance,
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Jasper Fforde is a novelist living in Wales. He is the son of John Standish Fforde, the 24th Chief Cashier for the Bank of England, whose signature used to appear on sterling banknotes, and is cousin of Desmond Fforde, married to author Katie Fforde. His early career was spent as a focus puller in the film industry, where he worked on a number of films including Quills, GoldenEye, and Entrapment.

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Thursday Next (8 books)
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