Something Rotten by Jasper FfordeSomething Rotten by Jasper Fforde

Something Rotten

byJasper Fforde

Paperback | April 11, 2005

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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 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?
Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring out of the window and sucking the end of a pencil. He lives and works in Wales and has a passion for aviation.
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Title:Something RottenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 1.13 × 5 × 7.75 inPublished:April 11, 2005Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazingly quirky! This is the last installment so far in the series about Thursday Next, a Literary Tech officer in the world of books. She can go in and out of books to catch criminals and "page runners" like the Minitaur and evil fictional characters. Thursday now has a toddler running around after her, with a babysitter who is a gorilla, who is married to a fictional big game hunter, who also works with Thursday! Ms. Next is still trying to get her husband back and thank goodness eventually does - but with a few catches. The references to fictional characters actually going through anger management classes and being able to actually converse with them is really hilarious and intriguing, and Mr. Fforde does a wonderful job of making them come to life. I had a very hard time putting these books down! The first in the series "The Eyre Affair" was a little hard to get into, but I tried the second and was hooked from then on!
Date published: 2006-05-31

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'The complexity of the plotting is le Carre-like in its ingenuity; the back-story detailing is Dickensian both in its vividness and in its depth; Umberto Eco would recognise an erudition that challenges his own (and far surpasses that of the hugely-overrated Dan Brown), and Orwell would have been proud of the persuasiveness of the depictions of the evil influence of multinational conglomerates, as exemplified by the Goliath Corporation, and of the inescapable misery and squalor of totalitarian communism as evinced by the Socialist Republic of Wales (national motto: "Not Always Raining"). One has to consider Jasper Fforde in the context of his predecessors in surreal comic fantasy - Lewis Carroll, Thorne Smith, the Goons, the Monty Python team, Douglas Adams, Robert Rankin, Terry Pratchett and the rest - and in many ways he not only matches their genius, but actually transcends it.'-War Correspondent - the Journal of the Crimean War Research Society