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« on: July 29, 2012, 09:47:15 AM »
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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 09:38:37 AM »
I read The Big Over Easy in a short amount of time, and I have to say, if that is the least of Fforde's novels, I definitely need to check out his other books.  :P

He's really quite witty and I loved The Big Over Easy in its originality and mystery. It felt like watching Castle or the Wire, but with the main character as Jack the Giant Killer and Mary Mary as his sidekick.

The reviewer of his books may be mistaken about The Big Over Easy, though, since I thought the mystery was very intricate, as mysteries in books should be. In crime shows, they needn't be half as erm... mysterious or intricate because they normally have to fit it in 40 minutes, tops. Lest they have a To Be Continued episode, which normally angers fans.

So, I thought The Big Over Easy was just right, despite the title.  ::) But I'll take a gander at The Eyre Affair (if it becomes the book club's read, that's a bonus) and then Shades of Grey. Should be witty reads, from what the review said.
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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 04:18:52 PM »
When the hell did I create this thread?
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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012, 07:02:47 PM »
Three months ago.
Or were you being rhetorical?

Jasper Fforde is definitely one of my must-have authors.  I like Thursday Next and the Nursery Tales series equally (the NT is broader comedy)  and incidentally, in one of the later Next books she visits the NT world.  Shades of Grey was good, but more serious and I wasn't so keen. 

His website is extensive
http://www.jasperfforde.com/index2.html

And I love the wackier bits like the 7 wonders of Swindon

http://www.jasperfforde.com/swindon/7wonders.html

Look carefully at the photos - he has slipped in various references from his books.  Like a poster for the Toast marketing board.
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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2012, 10:22:02 PM »
Shades of Grey was more satirical than the Thursday Nexts or the Nursery Crimes series. I would like to see the sequel. His YA series is also really good.
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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012, 12:06:41 AM »
Just rather bizarrely I have no recollection of starting this thread! Odd!
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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 01:01:49 AM »
That in itself is rather Ffordeian and with over 3,000 posts I'm not surprised you forget them at times.
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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2012, 11:44:24 PM »
I was going to start with The Last Dragonslayer because its got 'dragonslayer' in the title  ::)  :P  and the main character is called Jennifer Strange. Awesome name!  ;D

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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2012, 11:52:56 PM »
It's good, Jeni. Not a bad way to introduce yourself to Fforde, the concepts are a bit more straightforward and easier to grasp than things like cheese smuggling via the Welsh blackmarket and the Board of Toast.
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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2012, 01:33:25 PM »
I was kind of hoping (with no basis for this hope), that Fforde would take over Discworld...

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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2012, 10:01:01 PM »
I see Pratchett and Fforde as very different, although Sir Terry has most definitely inspired Jjasper. I remember reading a quote from Pratchett on The Eyre Affair along the lines of watching his career nervously, so that's high praise.
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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2012, 11:24:14 AM »
Jasper Fforde is one of my favourites, Shades of Grey ( only 1 ) is really well constructed. If you love quirky you'll love his collection.

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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2013, 06:52:40 PM »
I have read The Big Over Easy and enjoyed it although I haven't read any more by him. I think maybe it looked like a series could be a bit repetitive. I do intend to read more at some point. As I said on another thread, it's not often you can laugh out loud at a book set in Reading  :P
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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2013, 06:42:53 PM »
I'm reading The Eyre Affair right now and really loving it - even though it took me half of the book to figure out what on earth might be going on, and I'm still not all that sure. Totally weird and wacky concept, but I love his writing style. The subplot surrounding who wrote Shakespeare's plays is absolutely fantastic, and the fact that a whole, practically religious cult has developed surrounding this is awesome. I'll have more thoughts when I finish.
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Re: Jasper Fforde
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2013, 09:15:38 AM »
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