Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Last post on Fforde...maybe

Since the last time I posted here, I have finished Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, and Something Rotten, the last three books in the Thursday Next series. The only book of Jasper Fforde's (as far as I know, he may have more series beyond this and the Nursery Crime series) I haven't read is the first about Thursday Next, The Eyre Affair. I haven't yet found it in bookstores or at the library.

I really do enjoy his writing. The light, funny style, all the twists and plays on classic literature and genre literature. I finished it before heading off to work yesterday, and an hour in to working, I almost lamented having finished the book because I thought it would just be such a nice way to end the day. Go home after whatever work drama you may have, and read a good book.

These were all borrowed from the library, which in some ways is not a good thing. Because I have books that I bought years ago and have yet to read. One of my resolutions for this year was to read at least ten that fell into that category. I haven't read them, not because they're bad, or anything related to quality, but I get library books and read those first, or read manga which take half an hour to hour to read one volume. So one the one hand, ten books in a year's time really is an underestimation of what I can read, but at the same time, there's so much other stuff, other books that get in the way. I still have a Charles de Lint book and a book on Japanese mythology from the library, as well as that Dufresne writing book, The Lie that tells a Truth.


writtenwyrdd said...

When you read the first one, you will like it best. Because there is where you first get introduced to the literary puns and all that. It was such a hoot (and I felt so smart) figuring out what he was talking about. Of course, I'd just read Eats, Shoots and Leaves and so had a clue about British grammar and punctuation, which helped.

If you haven't read Terry Pratchett, you might enjoy his humor. Not the same style as Fford at all, but it's light and funny. Start with the earlier ones, though. They are most of them in print.

Sabrina said...

I have only just found The Eyre Affair in a store, so I'll probably pick it up soon. If you haven't read his Nursery Crime series yet, it's also quite awesome.

Terry Pratchett I heard about a while ago, but have yet to really get into the Discworld series. But I think that's more because of a feeling of "too many books, not enough free time." I read "The Truth" and "Going POstal" and liked them a lot.