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06:58 pm: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Boy, was this a crazy and fun book. It's a parallel world and history is very different from ours -- characters in books can come into the world and people from the world into the books. They had many levels of police folk and officers.

The protagonist is Thursday Next (the caracture names are good) and she's been a LitraTec -- takes care of copyrights and so forth -- and she gets dropped into a massive hunt for Hades, an evil man, literally, who has powers. Hades captures Thursday's uncle, a brain, who has a product that will let anybody into any piece of writing. Hades wants to ransom Jane Eyre and insists he'll kill the original manuscript otherwise. They work back and forth and Hades keeps winning, but then there's the end....

I'm going to start the next one tonight.

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From:kip_w
Date:December 28th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
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You won't be sorry. Come to think of it, I should look for ones I haven't read yet of those. It's the kind of thing where you want to keep reading passages to people.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 28th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I kept thinking I should mark pages, but I was too lazy to roll over and get the post-its!
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From:green_knight
Date:December 28th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
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What took you so long?

I absolutely love Fforde - he's clever, he's funny, he's created something that's completely _different_ to anything else I can think of. And he's got a way with footnotes.

Also, Pickwick.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 28th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Something like 99.9% of my books go to the end of the to-read pile*, which is about 200 books at any time. That's why this first one just got to the top of the to-read pile. When I note that a book gets up there and has sequels, I move the sequels up, too. When I finish the currently-published Thursday Next books, I think I'll wait a bit to read the currently-published Nursery Crime books.

Yes, Pickwick just laid an egg!

*Most recently, a Jack McDevitt book; I almost always read those as soon as I finish what I'm reading when they come. I also sometimes have to pull out books for bookgroup; I have four out for the next four/five months (very few people will be here on Easter, which is the April date, so we're reading Cities in Flight, which is a long book, starting March and talking in May).
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From:heleninwales
Date:December 28th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
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I love Fforde's books, though he is not to everyone's taste. Some people find him too silly.
But if you enjoyed The Eyre Affair then you will enjoy the rest of the series. You have great treat in store!

Edited at 2010-12-28 01:37 pm (UTC)
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 28th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I really like the puns and humor and so forth. You don't see that done so well with a real plot and characters very often.
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From:soon_lee
Date:December 29th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
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They're really good, but I find that I enjoy them best when I intersperse reading them with other books. All that wackiness in one hit is too much.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 30th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I've finished the second one and I think I'll be okay with the next two. I am going to read something else before I start the Nursery Crime series.
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