Something Rotten

Something Rotten

Book - 2004
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Thursday Next, Head of JurisFiction and ex-SpecOps agent, returns to her native Swindon accompanied by a child of two, a pair of dodos and Hamlet, who is on a fact-finding mission in the real world. Thursday has been despatched to capture escaped Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine but even so, now seems as good a time as any to retrieve her husband Landen from his state of eradication at the hands of the Chronoguard.

It's not going to be easy. Thursday's former colleagues at the department of Literary Detectives want her to investigate a spate of cloned Shakespeares, the Goliath Corporation are planning to switch to a new Faith based corporate management system and the Neanderthals feel she might be the Chosen One who will lead them to genetic self-determination.

With help from Hamlet, her uncle and time-travelling father, Thursday faces the toughest adventure of her career. Where is the missing President-for-life George Formby? Why is it imperative for the Swindon Mallets to win the World Croquet League final? And why is it so difficult to find reliable childcare?

100,000 words, 6 illustrations, adverts and web-based special features section.

Publisher: London, Eng. : Hodder & Stoughton, 2004.
ISBN: 9780340835586
0340835583
Characteristics: x, 393 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.

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ssurles55
Sep 09, 2017

The most orginial set of books since Harry Potter. Love them!

FindingJane Apr 24, 2015

It’s nothing less than the end of the world—again. Thursday Next is back in another fantastical jaunt. Mr. Fforde’s fertile imagination keeps the reader guessing as we are assailed with fictional dinosaurs and politicians, irritable dodoes, a roguish saint with an astonishing accuracy at predictions, a slapstick-fixated Cretan monster and a dithering Danish prince. Oh, and there is cake. Lots and lots of cake.

Mr. Fforde’s previous novel suffered somewhat from preciousness and a too, too solid love of literary shenanigans. But this book gets us firmly back on track (more or less) in the real world, one in which politicians engage in admirable double speak and evasion and croquet matches may be won or lost in legalities as well as on the playing fields. It’s an audacious satire that hearkens to Swift or Voltaire but never loses its comedic edge. Just when you think things may get too dire, there are banana peels and falling pianos.

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jkovacs
Sep 12, 2014

I enjoyed this book very much. The more I read of Thursday Next the more I like the series. I like that there were some resolutions to the story line and I am curious to see what happens next.

bwortman Sep 05, 2013

The fourth Thursday Next book holds all of the charm, ridiculousness, literary references, and mad frantic plotting that I've come to expect from these books. Thursday continues to grow as a character, particularly in her new role as mother. Many of the literary jokes this time around are Shakespearean with many pointed at Hamlet and they cracked me up many times (occasionally awkwardly while riding the bus). The narrative, like the previous books, does feel a bit episodic for a fair chunk of the novel but then builds to a quick-paced conclusion. Just as enjoyable as I wanted it to be.

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MarindaMisra
Jul 09, 2013

I LOVE these books! I wanted to tell my husband what they were about, and, well, I had no idea where to begin. They are just so clever that I look forward to rereading them again and again.

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meldaravaniel
Aug 24, 2012

I really like Jasper Fforde's books. I appreciated the Shakespeare references and I always like trying to figure out how he'll end up making it seem as though the way books are now is because Thursday stepped through them and changed them.

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tocch101
May 14, 2012

A good read and a nice way to continue the story. I'll continue to read this great author.

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LazyNeko
Oct 31, 2011

Buried under a ton of exposition are the resolutions (finally!) to the major story lines from Book 2. Aornis is almost completely forgotten, which now that I think of it, is true to her character. Despite the insanely busy plot, some parts of the book dragged.

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LazyNeko
Oct 31, 2011

"If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Overlong, detailed to the point of distraction-- and ultimately, without a major resolution."

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