I will never, ever get tired of the world Jasper Fforde has created. Every time I think "she lives in books, her dad time travels, and various membersI will never, ever get tired of the world Jasper Fforde has created. Every time I think "she lives in books, her dad time travels, and various members of her immediate family may or may not exist at any particular time, how on earth could he possibly top that?", Fforde goes all kinds of meta and totally tops that.
Witty and full of book jokes, and just flat out enjoyable from cover to cover....more
Aaargh. I need to start reading stand alone novels, because the wait for all these sequels is killing me. And now I have another one to add to the lisAaargh. I need to start reading stand alone novels, because the wait for all these sequels is killing me. And now I have another one to add to the list.
This one grabbed me hard from page one and so there I sat, all day, at the Book Shop, ignoring the display I should have been putting together (though I did get it done!) as I plowed through. I love that Fisher just drops the reader into this wildly different world, and expects you to keep up and piece together the details of her characters' reality as they try to piece together a way out of their reality.
I'm not thrilled about having to wait for the next book, but I can see why this is a series and not a stand alone. There are still a ton of questions that I'm dying to know the answers to - mostly about Finn's identity.
Overall, fun and imaginative, and while I did guess a couple twists, there were several big ones that I just did not see coming. I'm going to be recommending this one to all of our Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins fans who are looking for their next read....more
Davidson created a fascinating world. We join Sophie in Scotland, 1938, and the world is teetering on the brink of all out war - only in Sophie's worlDavidson created a fascinating world. We join Sophie in Scotland, 1938, and the world is teetering on the brink of all out war - only in Sophie's world, Scotland is part of the Hanseatic League, and they're skirmishing with England, which was taken over by Europe in the 1920s.
There were some great references to historical figures in extremely different circumstances - my favorite was an offhand mention of Oscar Wilde, the Irish obstetrician. Spiritualism has become a science, with lots of effort and money being expended to figure out more reliable ways to speak to the dead.
The writing didn't live up to the world, unfortunately. The book was full of action - murders, seances, bombings, secret identities, and even a sort-of car chase - but none of the excitement or suspense you would expect with those things showed up in the writing. A minor spoiler - a bomb goes off outside of the school in the middle of the first chapter, and it took me a couple paragraphs to realize something had exploded. It was very dry, and had very little humor.
There were some awkward point of view issues that were enough to bring me out of the story and start trying to rewrite the passage. The narration was third person, but we got enough insight into Sophie's thoughts that it became disconcerting when she was referred by name within the text. It was as if Sophie were speaking in third person, which, as we all know, only professional athletes are allowed to do.
Also, this is the first book in a series, and not much is resolved by the end. I like series, but I like them more when I'm forewarned.
Not a bad book, but nothing amazing. I'll read the next in the series, but I wouldn't pay money for this one....more
I think this is my favorite of the Thursday Next novels, which rank among my favorite series, meaning that this is one of my favorite books. An incredI think this is my favorite of the Thursday Next novels, which rank among my favorite series, meaning that this is one of my favorite books. An incredibly inventive plot (an incredibly inventive world, actually, with it's own laws of physics, if we're getting down to it) filled with literary in-jokes and featuring three dimensional characters, specifically a bad ass heroine and a very enjoyable villain. I mean, really, what more could you want?
Why hasn't everyone on this site read these books yet?!...more