August 10, 2008

First Among Sequels: Review

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It's practically impossible to explain the Thursday Next series to anyone. Believe me, I tried to explain it to my husband. I ended up telling him, "It's like Monty Python where all the characters seem to know what's going on. You don't but it's funny anyway." Yeah, it's like that.

Thursday works underground as a Literary Detective. Her latest assignment is to break in a couple of new recruits: Thursday 1-4 from the poorly written Thursday Next series (the one with all the sex and violence) and Thursday 5 from The Great Samuel Pepys Fiasco (the touchy feely one). Thursday finds working with her alter egos to be more than she can handle. In the real world, Thursday must convince her lazy son Friday to join the ChronoGuard before time rolls up on us, all while battling demons and laying carpet.

Right. Don't think too hard about it. Just have fun.

I've only read The Eyre Affair so I was a bit lost at first. It didn't take long until I was immersed in First Among Sequels. Some authors can take an interesting idea and make a huge mess and disappoint the reader. Jasper Fforde is not one of them. The idea that books are living things and need to be maintained is already a good one. Add a gutsy heroine and a lot of imagination and the idea becomes a great one. Fforde understands bookworms. Book humour is sprinkled throughout. I enjoyed every page of First Among Sequels and can't wait for Thursday to continue her adventures. I'm going to hunt down the other books and read them before that though!

11 comments :

  1. The Fforde series is hard to categorize, but oh, so fun to read!

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  2. Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors - he is just so funny and clever! I can imagine that reading this one without reading all of the previous four books might be a little confusing at first.

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  3. That was the best description of these books I've seen. Bravo Chris.

    I've got the 3rd one here to read and you've reminded me how much fun they are. thanks!

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  4. I think it would make my head spin right off if I jumped around in this series. It takes me long enough as it is to get settled in. I'm up to book three I think, and I really need to get on the ball! I'm getting further behind all the time.

    And I love your Monty Python description. It made complete sense to me.

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  5. Something like Monty Python? Sounds perfect to me :-)

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  6. You have to read the other ones in between, they're also fantastic and oh so much fun! You're making me want to re-read the series... and I haven't even read the latest one yet!

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  7. Someday! Someday I'm going to read this darn series! :D

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  8. I've had The Eyre Affair on my shelf calling to me for a few months. I think I'll pick it up next.

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  9. Sounds fantastic! I recently picked up The Eyre Affair although I know nothing about it. I figured it was some sort of fancy schmancy book loosely related to Jane Eyre. Now I'm really intrigued (and a little hoping it is kind of like this--LOVE Monty Python).

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  10. Traci, Trish & Heather- You just have to! It's a blast.

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  11. I've got the first two books on my bookshelf (I mooched them a while back) but haven't yet had the time to pick them up. They sure do sound like fun though, so I may have to move them up to number one priority!

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