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Old 12-26-2008, 12:51 PM   #1
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:55 PM   #2
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Not I..sounds familiar though.
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:59 PM   #3
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Not I..sounds familiar though.
http://www.amazon.com/Eyre-Affair-Th...0309951&sr=1-1

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Old 12-26-2008, 01:02 PM   #4
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Yes. They are quite amusing, but tend to get a little "repetitive" after a while. I'd recommend reading the first one in the series, "The Eyre Affair", and seeing what you think.
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:03 PM   #5
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Has anyone read this author?
I've read the first three Thursday Next novels. They're quite fun, if perhaps a bit overly enthused with their own cleverness. There's at least 5 out, but #4 randomly isn't available as an e-book , so I haven't gotten to it yet.
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:05 PM   #6
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Yes. They are quite amusing, but tend to get a little "repetitive" after a while. I'd recommend reading the first one in the series, "The Eyre Affair", and seeing what you think.
Thats what my friend said. I was going to download it anyway, but I had never heard of him and wanted to see what others thought.

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Old 12-26-2008, 01:16 PM   #7
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I've read all of his stuff to date - I love the Thursday Next ones, but I'm not so keen on the Nursery Crimes ones. There is a bit of a link between both series, but it won't spoil anything if you read only one and not the other.
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Yes, I have. hmm.. lemme see.. Not bad, the best part of it is the concept, not the writing. First two Thursday Next books are decent and enjoyable but I got tired of them after that. Naturally I'd already bought books 3-4 and I just got bored with it part way into 3. I suspect they may be someones cup of tea but I dunno, I just got bored. Jack Finney and Connie Willis (Bellweather, To Say Nothing of The Dog) touch on things like this and are better writers. Gotta run though and can't check and see if they're ebook'd. Hope so.
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I've read the two Nursery Crimes books and enjoyed them, especially The Fourth Bear, which I kept picturing in my mind as a movie.
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:10 AM   #10
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I discovered Fforde this year and definitely recommend them. He's best known for the Thursday Next and Nursery Crime series. They are very imaginative with lots of originality. Hints:
1. Read the series in order.
2. Don't nitpick details, inconsistencies, plot logic issues. These are 'face value' books to be enjoyed as they are!
3. It really helps to be British or know Brit, not only because of the numerous UK-only references and puns, but the humo(u)r is generally out of the Python/Hitchhikers Guide playbook. if you don't like those you probably won't get or like Ffordes books.
4. Personally my fave is the Big Over Easy, and the Nursery Crime books.. As I said above, the T. Next series can get tedious at times but still great fun.
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Is there a crib sheet of some sort that lists which works one should have familiarity with before reading each of the books? For example, I've never read Jane Eyre, so I'm guessing I would not particularly enjoy The Eyre Affair until after I've read the book on which it's based.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:17 AM   #13
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Is there a crib sheet of some sort that lists which works one should have familiarity with before reading each of the books? For example, I've never read Jane Eyre, so I'm guessing I would not particularly enjoy The Eyre Affair until after I've read the book on which it's based.

I'm not sure about this, but I was told specifically to start with that one. At any rate, he sounds like a good read.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:33 AM   #14
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Is there a crib sheet of some sort that lists which works one should have familiarity with before reading each of the books? For example, I've never read Jane Eyre, so I'm guessing I would not particularly enjoy The Eyre Affair until after I've read the book on which it's based.
IIRC, Jane Eyre is the only one which is really essential. Other works vague familiarity is sufficient, but without Jane Eyre much of The Eyre Affair won't make sense / will spoil Jane Eyre .
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Is there a crib sheet of some sort that lists which works one should have familiarity with before reading each of the books? For example, I've never read Jane Eyre, so I'm guessing I would not particularly enjoy The Eyre Affair until after I've read the book on which it's based.
The Eyre Affair isn't based on Jane Eyre, although having some familiarity with the plot and the ending of it will help immensely - otherwise some parts just won't make as much sense. I've only read it the once, I think, and many years ago at that, so you certainly don't need to be on intimate terms with it.

You're more likely to come away from each boook with a list of works you want to read

I've never found a crib sheet, although there may be something buried in the Jasper Fforde forums or website that lists them. But authors referenced include:
Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jasper Fforde, the Brontes, Enid Blyton, George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, Leo Tolstoy, W E Johns...

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