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Thursday Next series:
The Eyre Affair: 3
Lost in a Good Book: 2
The Well of Lost Plots: 2
Something Rotten: 2
Nursery Crime series:
The Big Over Easy: 2
The Fourth Bear: 1
Okay, not that many, I think, compared to some people, but I do enjoy and love these books. I have a woderful memory, and retract parts of books easily. An English major, I've been crazy to discuss these books with someone, but each time I get someone to read them, they are usually without comment. (However, just last week, someone became so amused that they insisted on reading aloud from The Well of Lost Plots about 'had had' and 'that that'.)
On an ending note, I would like to mention, for those unaware, that the title of Jasper Fforde's next two books are titled on the second to last page of his most recently published book (The Fourth Bear). These are "The War of the Words," to be released July 2007, and "The Last Great Tortoise Race" (no date). However, on Jasper Fforde's website, http://www.jasperfforde.com, he titles "The War of the Words" as "First Among Sequels" (release date varying by country), and even provides us with a summary of the book.
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Thanks for starting the group and for the invite. I'm a huge Jasper Fforde Fan (although I'm a little behind and haven't read The Fourth Bear yet). I picked up The Eyre Affair at a used book store a few years back and was thrilled that I was jumping into an active series with the Thursday Next books and eagerly read every one as they came out. Looking forward to First Among Sequels too but I think I'll reread Thursday's chronicles since I've read The Big Over Easy twice since I finished Something Rotten. What's your favorite Fforde book and/or who are your favorite characters? Thanks again for the group!
As for characters, I liked Mr. Rochester (though unsatisfied with the incomplete likeness to the original), the Cat, Hamlet, . . . hmm, it's been too long. (Or I read too much to keep them fresh in mind.)
I was amused by Jasper Fforde using Prometheus and Pandora. I only liked Humpty dead. (Really, what choice do we have?) I thought the backcover of The Big Over Easy rather humourous.
I actually picked up The Eyre Affair shortly after it was published in North America, after reading extremely intriguing and uniformly glowing reviews of it in several completely unrelated magazines - Time, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and, I believe, Harper's. I thought, if so many disparate reviewers adore this book, there might be something to it. And of course, it was love at first belly laugh (which was probably on reading the first page).
I've been a fan of his since then. I was actually pleased when he turned from the Thursday Next series to the Nursery Crimes one, though, because I felt TN needed a bit of a rest; looking forward to the new one in both series now!
Are all your books by Jasper Fforde in paperback?
I like keeping a series consistent in whether I own them in hardcover or paperback. I have Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series in paperback, and because I didn't want to wait, I got his Jack Spratt series in hardcover. With his next book, I'm getting it in hardcover, and it'll throw me off.
I try to keep consistent with all authors as much as possible, but it doesn't always work that way. Oh, well. (In the case of Rowling, I couldn't possibly wait for paperback or else greatly risk the chance of having it ruined for me. I have books 1-3 in paperback of both US and UK editions, and books 4-6 of the US edition in hardcover, while waiting for book 4 in the UK edition from BookMooch. Eventually, I'll get the others in hardcover and give my US paperbacks to one of my sisters.)
Patience is a virtue. I managed to avoid all spoilers for Ootp till maybe a month before the paperback came out. - and I'm not too fussed, I mean we all know Harry will win, its the how that's important for me, and that's very difficult to spoil.
I hope to do the same this time too - I'll leave certain groups on LT before the 21st July.
That's amazing for you having being able to go that long before Ootp was spoiled for you. I got mine delivered in hardcover the first morning it was available, but since I'd brought the newspaper in for my grandmother, a headline ruined a major event for me. This summer, it's "sorry, Grandma, no can do!" I agree that he will win, but simply question whether winning comes at the price of dying.
This group, too? Unfortunately, I can't speak for the future actions of others. As for myself, I plan to wait until the paperback release before posting about "First Among Sequels." I know too well the wait for paperbacks by this author. Also, I figure more people will be getting his paperback than hardcover.
You going to be reading both the next HP and Fforde's next book this summer?
Do you know what the release date of the next ffabulous Fforde will be?
Oh & I really love his website. It is a major distraction!
If you're in the US, the date's been changed from the 23rd to the 19th of July. Otherwise, I don't know offhand. It's definitely posted in this group, though!
Won't that be something? Two great books back-to-back. (Hehe, it's almost like the tv advertising, but I know some of us don't have tvs.)
Yes, I will be very, very busy from the nineteenth till the twenty-third, as I'll spend all those days with my nose in a book. I never spend more than two days in an HP book over a release weekend - don't want them to be spoiled for me! Also, I will be reading Fforde's book first. I can't just stare at the book (I'll buy it the day it's released) and not read it, knowing I have it and desperately want to read it. I'm just not always strong enough for that. :) Another reason for reading the TN book first is that I'll be taking summer final exams the following week, and only read textbooks as a rule to myself during that time.
Edited: I should really stop typing at night - so many errors!
I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the book! FForde is without a doubt my favorite author.
I wasn't aware of another Fforde series. How does it compare?
Better news for you yet, is that there will be a fifth book next month, in hardcover. :) In my library, I've rated Fforde's other series (Jack Spratt Nursery Crime series) with four stars, while I rate his 'Thursday Next' series with five stars. That said, I enjoy his original series better than the second one, but both are good. As someone who reads classic books and doesn't have children (it has been years since I read some of the nursery books to my kid sister), I find the 'Thursday Next' series easier to relate to, as crazy as those books may seem. I love the humor Fforde uses, which you can find just as much, I believe, in the Jack Spratt Nursery Crime series. I hope you enjoy that series as well, which is definitely worth pursuing. :)
Am now rubbing my hands together in glee at the thought of getting my mitts on 'em!
I only wish we were flying on Thursday so I could say, "I'm going to Swindon Thursday Next"...