Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde

Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde this is the 4th book in the Thursday Next humorous fantasy series. How to describe the plot without giving too much away? Thursday is tired of her life policing novels so she goes back to the real world 1988 England. This England is an alternate history where the Crimean War continued for over a century. Thursday is trying to get her husband back who was erased from the timeline in an earlier installment. Along the way she has to deal with Hamlet, an assassin, a stocker and a violent game of croquet.

The jokes come fast and furious in this book. The pace has actually increased over the earlier books. He's almost trying to do too much now. There are so many subplots going at one time it can be hard to keep everything straight. I still enjoy the humor but I hope he slows down a little bit in future. The ending looks like it could have served as an ending for the series, the major plot points are wrapped up. However there is a 5th book which was released last year. I'll be ordering that soon.


1 comment:

Joy said...

Love Jasper Fforde. His last 'First Among Sequels' has him back on form again I think you will enjoy it.
I'm suffering from withdrawal symptons as he has taken a year out from writing but believe he will publish this year.