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Subject: Jasper Fforde
Date Posted: 7/28/2007 1:08 AM ET
Member Since: 11/10/2006
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Has anyone read his Thursday Next series? Came across them in the book store the other day but wasn't sure if the sci-fi aspect was that appealing. Would love some opinions. Thanks.

Date Posted: 7/29/2007 3:46 AM ET
Member Since: 4/29/2006
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This series is fun and to enjoy it you should be fairly well-read so you can "get" most of the literature puns and references.  I don't consider it science-fictiony.  There is a bit of time-travel by some characters, but is in the nature of,  "I'm going to visit your mother next week, PLEASE tell her not to paint the walls mauve".  If you like literary references, puns, and imagination, you will like these.

Date Posted: 7/29/2007 10:33 AM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2007
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I enjoy Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series very much.  I have read his first three books and have the rest WLed.  To fully enjoy them you should be knowledgable in literature.  I'm sure you could enjoy it otherwise but you will miss a lot of the puns and references.

Do yourself a favor and read the books in order.  this series builds on each other.

I'm patiently waiting for Something's Rotten.  I also have his later series WLed.




Date Posted: 7/29/2007 11:13 AM ET
Member Since: 11/10/2006
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Thanks.  Just wasn't sure from reading the back cover blurbs how sci-fi heavy the books were in content. Seems like I will be making my WL grow once again.

Date Posted: 7/29/2007 10:30 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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I loved them and my daughter liked them too.  They aren't "heavy" sci-fi and I only have a high school education and was perfectly comfortable with the literary references so I don't think most people should worry about them.

I'm saving the last one :)