Recently Reading: Jasper Fford

Several years ago my mums friend read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fford, she passed the book on to my mum who in turn passed it on to me. Its a very odd but intriguing book wherein Jane Eyre gets kidnapped from her own novel completely messing up the plot. The stories continue as the Thursday Next novels (literary detective), of which i’ve not yet finished the series.

In summer I got some rather belated christmas money which I proceeded to spend most of on second hand books. Part of this meant reading the Nursery Crime Division books; The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear. Humpty Dumpty, well-known nursery favourite, large egg, ex-convict and former millionaire philanthropist is found shattered beneath a wall in a shabby area of town and detective Jack Spratt is on the case. Add in a number of ‘persons of dubious reality’, the Guild of Detectives who are more interested in the literary worth of a case for publications, rival foot care businesses, nothing in Reading is as it seems. The sequel continues the exploits when journalist Goldilocks goes missing and the department are trying to crack down on illegal porridge and honey trading. Oh and did I mention there’s Ashley who is an alien.

Ive also started Shades of Grey (no not the rude one). Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour. Its not really a book I can explain very well but i’m enjoying it so far

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