This book has fantastic art and a delightful story. Even as an adult I greatly enjoyed reading it and will be searching for the short film it inspiredThis book has fantastic art and a delightful story. Even as an adult I greatly enjoyed reading it and will be searching for the short film it inspired once I get home....more
Samantha Moore grew up in the foster care system and hid in works of literature. When she accepts a scholarship for a graduate degree in journalism, hSamantha Moore grew up in the foster care system and hid in works of literature. When she accepts a scholarship for a graduate degree in journalism, her true self finally comes out.
The story is primarily told through the letters Samantha sends her benefactor known only as Mr. Knightley. It is only through these letters Sam finally lets her guard down and that we finally see how emotionally fragile she is. She hides behind the words of her favorite characters to keep anyone from getting too close.
The struggles Sam faces at journalism school and with the new relationships she forms show fragility typical of an Austen heroine rather than a child of the system. I think Sam’s character was sheltered in a way that’s a little unrealistic but Reay manages to make believable. There were moments some of Mr. Knightley’s gifts felt a little contrived but it adds to Sam’s Cinderella factor.
One of the things that were initially off-putting was that this is classified as Christian fiction. I’ve had some negative experiences with some very devout followers so I wasn’t sure if this was for me. Christianity turned out to be a minimal element. The characters clearly have faith but in a very respectful and subtle way. It shows my favorite aspects of Christianity: quality people trying to improve the world around them.
I think being classified as Christian fiction instead of simply fiction will be detrimental for sales and keep this book from reaching a wider audience that would appreciate it. I certainly enjoyed it and I know other secular readers will too. ...more
I was so excited to read the latest installment in this series.
There are reoccurring villains I was pleased to see return but it’s not Thursday as weI was so excited to read the latest installment in this series.
There are reoccurring villains I was pleased to see return but it’s not Thursday as we always knew her. Still on the mend from injuries sustained in the last book, she’s not quite herself when facing these old foes.
The story is a bit unusual in that it takes place over a few days, something Fforde hasn’t done in this series. In that time Thursday has to help divert a smiting, thwart Goliath, run a library, help Friday readjust to never running the Chronoguard, and support Tuesday in her genius.
Fforde crams a vast amount of detail and plot lines into a short timeframe but fans were prepared based on his previous books. If you’re not a fan, don’t start here. You will be so many versions of lost. Go back to the first book (The Eyre Affair) and work your way here. It’s worth it.
Bookworld didn’t have as much of role as it once did but it will play a critical role in the next book which I eagerly anticipate. Thursday is about to go where few have ever gone before.
The tone here was very different from the last books. I think most of that is because Thursday is aging and on the mend. We're used to her being like Phoebe Smalls and it's definitely a change. I'm curious to see where Fforde takes this Thursday and whatever is to become of printed Thursday....more