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Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde Review

Title: Something Rotten

Author: Jasper Fforde

First published July 31, 2004

385 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9780143035411 (ISBN10: 014303541X)

Rating: 4.15


In the midst of a chaotic situation, Detective Thursday Next finds herself juggling multiple responsibilities. As she moves away from her post as the Bellman in Jurisfiction, Thursday is accompanied by the Danish Prince Hamlet and her son Friday, returning to Swindon.

However, her return to SpecOps is not as easy as she thought, with Yorrick Kaine, an outlaw fictioneer, planning for absolute power. Meanwhile, the patron saint’s return to Swindon foretells doom, and back in the Book World, Hamlet becomes entangled with The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop the hostile takeover and prevent a world war? And more importantly, can she find reliable childcare?

Join Jasper Fforde’s legion of fans in this thrilling, action-packed escapade that is sure to leave you at the edge of your seat.

About the Author

Jasper Fforde started his career in the film industry, working on popular movies like Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro, and Entrapment for nineteen years. However, he secretly harbored a desire to tell his own stories instead of helping others tell theirs.

In 1988, he began writing novels in his spare time and spent eleven years perfecting his unique style, which he describes as a combination of literary and absurd.

After receiving 76 rejections from publishers, Jasper finally found a home for his first novel, The Eyre Affair, with Hodder & Stoughton in July 2001. Set in a world similar to ours but with bizarre differences like a socialist republic in Wales and home-cloned dodos as pets, the novel introduced literary detective Thursday Next.

Thursday’s job involves spotting forgeries of Shakespeare’s lost plays, fixing plot holes, and rescuing characters from literary masterpieces.

The Eyre Affair was a hit, receiving glowing reviews from readers, booksellers, and the press in the UK and the US. Jasper went on to write six more books in the Thursday Next series and began a second series called Nursery Crime, featuring Jack Spratt of The Nursery Crime Division.

The series includes books like The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear.

Jasper’s other works include Shades of Grey (2010), a post-apocalyptic novel set in a color-obsessed society, and a Young Adult series featuring Jennifer Strange and her company of magicians, Kazam. His latest book, Early Riser, a thriller set in a world where humans hibernate, is set to be released in the UK in August 2018 and in the US in 2019.

Although he failed his Welsh Nationality Test, Jasper continues to live in Wales with his Welsh wife, two Welsh daughters, and a Welsh dog. He loves movies, photography, and aviation.

Editoral Review

Jasper Fforde’s book, Something Rotten, is a masterpiece of imaginative storytelling that blends elements of science fiction, mystery, and humor to create a truly delightful read. Published on July 31, 2004, this novel is a part of the Thursday Next series, which features a detective who is able to enter books and interact with literary characters.

The author, Jasper Fforde, is famous for his unique writing style that combines comedy, adventure, and satire to create an immersive world. His work has captivated readers all over the world with his imaginative takes on alternate universes and unusual plots.

The novel takes place in an alternate universe where time travel is commonplace, and the boundaries between reality and fiction are thin. The plot revolves around a sinister plot to destroy literature by erasing classic works of fiction one by one, and it is up to Thursday Next to stop the villainous Aornis Hades from executing her plan.

Fforde’s storytelling is witty and clever, combining elements of science fiction, action, and suspense with literary references and wordplay. He also manages to delve into some thought-provoking themes such as the power of censorship, the importance of reading, and the danger of technology.

One of the strongest aspects of Something Rotten is the character development, particularly of Thursday Next. She is a complex and nuanced protagonist who is brilliant, resourceful, and charming.

Fforde also introduces a host of eccentric and unforgettable secondary characters who add a layer of humor and eccentricity to the story. The pacing of the novel is also well-done, with the action moving along smoothly without feeling rushed or forced.

Fforde masterfully weaves together different plotlines and subplots, leading readers on an exciting journey through the multiverse. However, there are minor flaws to the book.

At times, Fforde’s humor can be a little too self-referential, breaking the fourth wall and ruining the immersion. Additionally, some readers may find the concept of time travel and alternate realities confusing, although Fforde does an admirable job of explaining these concepts.

Overall, Something Rotten is a fantastic read that should not be missed by anyone who is a fan of imaginative fiction, booklovers or looking for a good laugh. Fforde has crafted a unique and creative universe that is both compelling and entertaining.

It is definitely worth the investment of time and energy to experience this novel. Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Recommended for: Fans of science fiction, literary mysteries and humor, who are looking for something truly unique and engaging.

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