Thursday Next, Head of JurisFiction and ex-SpecOps agent, returns to her native Swindon accompanied by a child of two, a pair of dodos and Hamlet, who is on a fact-finding mission in the real world. Thursday has been despatched to capture escaped Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine but even so, now seems as good a time as any to retrieve her husband Landen ...Read MoreThursday Next, Head of JurisFiction and ex-SpecOps agent, returns to her native Swindon accompanied by a child of two, a pair of dodos and Hamlet, who is on a fact-finding mission in the real world. Thursday has been despatched to capture escaped Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine but even so, now seems as good a time as any to retrieve her husband Landen from his state of eradication at the hands of the Chronoguard. It's not going to be easy. Thursday's former colleagues at the department of Literary Detectives want her to investigate a spate of cloned Shakespeares, the Goliath Corporation are planning to switch to a new Faith based corporate management system and the Neanderthals feel she might be the Chosen One who will lead them to genetic self-determination. With help from Hamlet, her uncle and time-travelling father, Thursday faces the toughest adventure of her career. Where is the missing President-for-life George Formby? Why is it imperative for the Swindon Mallets to win the World Croquet League final? And why is it so difficult to find reliable childcare? 100,000 words, 6 illustrations, adverts and web-based special features section.Read Less
A novel way to approach science fiction - incorporating fictional characters as interactive personae! If you want to keep your fictional heroes pristine, don't read this book. But if you like relatively non-violent mysteries with a twist, then read all of this series by Fforde (he says that's the name he was born with.) Great light reading.
Aug 24, 2007
I recommend this book highly. It is very entertaining, as are all of the Fforde books I have tried so far. This one does require the reader have some background in English literature and history (it helps to know who Hamlet is/was, for instance.) I would, however, recommend reading "The Eyre Affair" first. There are a number of references in "Something Rotten" that were introduced first (and maybe a little more clearly) in the earlier book.
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