Friday, March 12, 2010

Jasper Fforde

I have now read every Jasper Fforde book that has been published. He is such a fantastic writers and the books are so funny.

He currently has three series. My favorite has been the Nursery Crime Series where Jack Spratt works to solve crimes involving nursery rhyme characters. In the first book he must solve who pushed Humpty Dumpty and in the second book he has to find Goldilock's murderer.

Thursday Next is the series that has the most books out. My favorite character is The Cat formally known as Cheshire. In these books Thursday Next is part of Jurisfiction, a group of characters and and Outlanders (people from the real world) work to make sure that books stay the way they were written.

Of course those really brief descriptions don't give the books any justice at all. There is much more to them to that and the only way to find out if you'll like them yourself is to read them.

Here are some quotes from on of the books.

"'…Tell me, has anything odd happened to you recently?
'What do you mean, odd?'
'Unusual. Deviating from the customary. Something outside the usual parameters of normalcy. An occurrence of unprecedented weird.' " (Lost in a Good Book)

"How fishy on the fishiness scale? Ten is a stickleback and one is a whale shark."
"A whale isn't a fish, Thursday."
"A whale shark is--sort of."
"All right, it's as fishy as a crayfish."
"A crayfish isn't a fish."
"A starfish, then."
"Still not a fish."
"This is a very odd conversation, Thursday." (Lost in a Good Book)