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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
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Jun 10, 08

bookshelves: fiction, science-fiction, spoof
Recommended for: adults
Read in May, 2008

Oh my gosh this is hilarious. While Fforde occassionally goes for the easy chuckle (Jack Schitt, Paige Turner, Toad News Network), a lot of the jokes are literary ones. Thursday Next, a special operative in literary detection, lives in an alternatve universe where the Crimean war was never resolved, genetic cloning is common place (a popular pet is the dodo bird) and literature is taken very seriously (tempers flare and fistfights start over the issue of who *really* wrote Shakespeare's plays?). When a very astute and evil villian commits the ultimate crime -- kidnapping a main character from a classic novel -- Next must stop him before the literary world is changed forever.
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