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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
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Jul 17, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, adult-fiction, sci-fi-fantasy
Read from July 11 to 16, 2010

3.5 stars. In England in an alternative 1985, time-travel is possible, long-extinct animals like dodos are cloned as pets, and people can literally go in and out of books. Thursday Next is a LiteraTech, dedicated to solving literary crimes. Thursday is brought in by some higher ups to assist on a case because she knows the villain, and soon she becomes embroiled in a larger literary problem where the villain is stealing original manuscripts and threatening to change them by removing characters from the pages, which would effectively change every copy of the book because they are all based on the original text.

I loved the premise of this book. The world was extremely imaginative, with so many details that made the setting similar to the world we live in now but completely different at the same time. The fact that there was an entire department devoted to literary crimes was awesome, and I could just see all the bureaucracy involved with the different divisions within SpecOps (Special Operations) because it's a government entity. At the same time, however, sometimes the strange parts of the book felt too strange, to the point where I was confused about what was going on and how it even related to the plot of the book.

It seems like this book is really hit or miss with readers, and I'm no exception. While I loved a lot about this book, there were also things that frustrated me (aside from the over abundance of strangeness, that is). The writing was pretty clunky; if I hadn't been enthralled by the plot, I probably would have put it down because of this. The point of view shifted from Thursday's first-person narration to one that described events taking place where Thursday wasn't even present, which was extremely disconcerting. Also, any of the characters felt very one-dimensional. For example, the main villain had no real motivation behind his actions except to cause mayhem. Finally, there were a LOT of little subplots and/or scenes included in the pages that seemed to have no purpose except to show how weird the world was. I think some editing could have cut the book nearly in half to make for a much stronger, more compelling read.


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message 1: by Tori (new)

Tori I"ll be curious if you can get through this book! I started one of his that sounded so interesting (it could even have been this one!) and it seemed to plod along.........

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