Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Fforde is Fun!!

Ever wish you could step into a book and talk with your favorite characters? Do you wonder why the 3 Little Bears each had their own bed or just what Humpty Dumpty was doing on that wall when he fell? Do you think the Gingerbread man is just a teeny bit creepy? Well then check out the wonderfully wacky book world of Jasper Fforde.

In his first series, Fforde has created an amazing alternate world in which Special Operative Thursday Next (star of the Thursday Next Series) can step into the book world to mingle with such memorable literary characters as Miss Haversham (Great Expectations) Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre) and the Cheshire Cat (of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/ Through the Looking Glass fame). In book one (The Eyre Affair), Thursday must save a kidnapped Jane Eyre from the evil Acheron Hades. Later books chronicle Thursday's adventures in the book world while in the witness protection program.

(Thursday Next Series: The Eyre Affair; Lost in a Good Book; The Well of Lost Plots; Something Rotten)

Classis British literature not your style? Check out Fforde's Nursery Crime Series. Join detectives Jack Spratt and Mary Mary of the Nursery Crime Division as they attempt to solve the murder of Humpty Dumpty and the case of the 4th Bear. But be sure to watch out for Jack's nemesis- that homicidal maniac, the Gingerbread Man.

(Nursery Crime Series: The Big Over Easy; The Fourth Bear)

**Warning- an active imagination and a love of great literary characters are a prerequisite for enjoying these books.

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