Book Reviews of Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4)

Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4)
Something Rotten - Thursday Next, Bk 4
Author: Jasper Fforde
ISBN-13: 9780670033591
ISBN-10: 0670033596
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 138

4.1 stars, based on 138 ratings
Publisher: Viking Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

21 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 35 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Another marvelous isntallment in the Thursday Next series. As quirky as the series is, you'd think it'd get tiring. Not so. Fforde is as inventive and funny as ever.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 4 more book reviews
great series!
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on
Another great chapter in a fantastic series.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 57 more book reviews
Interesting blending of real/fictional world as well as ideas on time travel. Puns and literary word plays abound.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 24 more book reviews
The Thursday Next novels just keep getting better. This one made me laugh out loud and even mist up a little once or twice. Fabulous.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 12 more book reviews
Jasper Fforde has a great sense of humor and writes of an odd universe. It helps to know some Shakespeare. I laughed a lot while reading this book.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 108 more book reviews
The 4th (and last) book of the delightful Thursday Next series. With all sorts of literary "jokes" and puns I laughed at loud at this series. Wonderfully clever but also with a plot that pulls you in and hangs together.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 4 more book reviews
Great series. Intelligent, funny characters. This is the latest one.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 158 more book reviews
Madcap farce/time-travel/adventure story/detective novel. This is the fourth book to feature Thursday Next.

Chapter titles include:

A Certain Minotaur in Nebraska

Cloned Will Hunting

Practical Difficulties Regarding Uneradications

The Cat Formerly Known as Cheshire
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 12 more book reviews
Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Thursday Next is the most intriguing and interesting detective to come along since. . . well, actually, she's better than all those who have come before and since. This is great- but do yourself a favor and start at the beginning of the series: The Eyre Affair.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 42 more book reviews
This book manages to tie up many of the threads from the previous two books. Although we don't meet too many new literary characters in this book, we do get to spend more time with Thursday Next's own story and her family. Character development and plot twists keep me from getting bored with the series--along with Jasper Fforde's sense of humor.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 2312 more book reviews
This is the fourth book in the Thursday Next series. Currently there are five books in this series with the sixth book, One of Our Thursdays is Missing, scheduled for March 2011 release. This was an excellent addition to the series, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The plot is complex and clever, the characters engaging, and the things that happen are ironic and funny. This is one of my favorite series. You definitely need to read the books prior to this one to understand what is going on in the story.

Thursday Next has decided to leave the fictional world and her position as the Head of Jurisfiction; it is time for her to return to the real-world. So with two-year old Friday in tow she moves in with her mother. Along with her is Hamlet, who is on leave from his play. Back in the real world things are a mess; Kane is trying to set himself up as dictator of England, Landon (Thursday's husband) is still eradicated, and Goliath Corporation is trying to set themselves up as a religion. Then Thursday's time traveling dad shows up and tells her that not only is someone is trying to assassinate her, but the fate of the world rests on the outcome of the World Croquette match.

This was a wonderful book and it gives a lot of closure for storypoints that have been left hanging in previous books. This book would actually make a wonderful wrap-up for the series. Hamlet is a wonderful addition to the character cast; with his innate indecisiveness he is hilarious and somewhat crazy. Thursday gets to work with Spike (the werewolf hunter) some more and I love learning more about Spike.

Throughout the book Thursday is also trying to track down the Minotaur who escaped in the last book. Jurisficition hit the Minotaur with a serious case of slapstick; so hilarious slapstick ensues throughout...especially when the Minotaur is near.

This book gives more depth to Thursday's character. Watching her deal with the complex happenings around her, while she tries to find decent childcare and reinstate her husband, adds a dimension to her that makes her even more personable. A lot happens to her in this book. To be honest this was probably the most intense book in the series. I laughed a lot, but there were also points where I was almost in tears...so many bad things happen to Thursday that you just wish she would finally get a break and find some happiness. Well take heart, the book ends on an up note and treats the characters well.

Once again Fforde's ability to weave this extremely complex story without confusing the reader is absolutely amazing. I am in awe of how clever and engaging the story is.

Overall an amazing book. If you love this series you will love this book. If you have never read this series...well...what are you waiting for?! Read it! The tone of this story reminds some of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and other types of spoofy fantasy; but this story blows all of those out of the water. Loved it and can't wait to read First Among Sequels, the next book in this series.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 970 more book reviews
Delightfully loopy fantasy featuring Tuesday Next as she attempts to keep the world of fiction on the straight and narrow while getting her husband un-eradicated and saving the world by winning at croquet.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 179 more book reviews
Great book!
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on
a very fun series of books...as soon as I find the others, I'll post them.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 522 more book reviews
Thursday Next mystery
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 42 more book reviews
Didn't get off to quite as quick a start as the other thursday books, but still great. anxiously awaiting the next in the series.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 44 more book reviews
I loved this book--and all of Fforde's books. They're delightfully quirky stories of being inside stories... Fforde is not constrained in any way by the dimensions of time and space--or reality. I was slightly disappointed that the ending of this books makes it seem as if there might not be another...
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 5599 more book reviews
I only made it part way through. I've read all of the Thursday Next books, somehow in my old age, I yearn for books based a little bit more in reality. A lot of the characters are the same as her previous books, and you sort of need to be in love with them, somehow.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 355 more book reviews
Another crazy Tuesday Next adventure.
reviewed Something Rotten (Thursday Next, Bk 4) on + 37 more book reviews
Great mind candy.