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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
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Oct 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobook, britain, detective, fiction, history, humor, mystery, paranormal, police-procedural, sf-and-f, thriller, alternate-history
Read from October 05 to 12, 2010

I liked The Eyre Affair better than the books I've read in Fforde's Nursery Crime series because it treats some serious themes as well as silly ones. (In the Nursery Crime books, the humor is predominant.) The seriousness comes from the alternate history world, which I found very imaginative. I also loved the inventions. Several of the characters had depth. The time travel bits were quite interesting. The villain was very annoying (partly because I didn't like how the narrator read him).

To sum up, a lot of very good bits that don't quite make a cohesive whole.

I'm a big fan of Jane Eyre and I thought the treatment of its characters fell flat. Also there were long sections describing the plot, for the sake of readers who might not remember it, which I found tedious. I wish there were a version of this book just for people who know Jane Eyre well.

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