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Mine's easily the Thursday Next series.
I find them both wonderful in that I can read them and unexpectedly bump into other characters from books and/or nursery rhymes. I found myself repeating old nursery rhymes from my childhood while reading The Big Over Easy too.
Do I really have to choose? lol please don't make me....
I never knew until now that some people can't choose a favorite without difficulty regarding his two series.
#2, I'm glad you've enjoyed his second series more than I have. It's too bad that we don't have a release date for his next Jack Spratt book available for you yet.
#3, I agree that choosing a favorite would be difficult in that circumstance!
To be honest though, bookwise, there isn't a lot I don't like.
I really recommend reading Jane Eyre first. You will enjoy The Eyre Affair much better that way! :) One book I want to read before rereading the Thursday Next series (specifically, somewhere after the first book) for this summer's release is Wuthering Heights - I feel as though I could further enough this series that I already love. :)
Kerian - I have Wuthering Heights waiting on my shelf too - looking forward to getting into that one - I'm on a bit of a classics kick at the moment...
In that case, Sense and Sensibility is a good one to read, as well. Somewhere, I have a list of the books with the most references in the Thursday Next series. I'll have to track it down.
oh, and hamlet would be a good read before something rotten.
On the other hand, I enjoyed The Fourth Bear more than The Big Over Easy so we'll see how that series continues.
For those not wanting all the detail of the other site, I'd certainly recommend being familiar with Great Expectations (far and away my favorite Dickens), since Miss Havisham plays such a big role, the humor of which you can appreciate more if you've seen her original incarnation.
I love 'em both. The Jack Spratt's are just a tad bit sillier, perhaps, which may be why I love them so. I mean, really, a psychopathic gingerbread man? Genius! But I do love Thursday. And the Dodos. Teehee.
Last year, I talked my local book club into reading the Eyre Affair and, to a man, they all HATED it. Can you believe that?? I was gobsmacked.
Incidentally, Kell, if you try to read all the referenced books before you get to Thursday Next series, you may never get to read them. :)
I say just jump on in!
That's very true. What I do, is make a list during my reading of the books I thought were most important. Before I read the book over again, I try to read some books on that list. For instance, I'm going to read "Wuthering Heights" and reread "Hamlet" before jumping back into the series again. I got "Sense and Sensibility" out of the way a few months ago.