Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next Series #1)

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Eyre Affair was my first jaunt into the world of Jasper Fforde and I'm glad I took the time to read it.

In a world where literature comes to life and dodos are the norm, Thursday Next is a Literary Detective who becomes embroiled in some nasty doings with a Big Brother like corporation. She's smart, well read and likes her men handsome and intelligent. She's definitely a heroine I can get behind.

Set in an alternate 1985 than we remember, The Eyre Affair takes place in the idyllic English countryside town of Swindon. Thursday accepts a job that her future self told her to take (confusing right? not in the context of the book it's not). She's thrust back into her hometown and into a cast of characters who include her mad-inventor uncle, an aunt who gets trapped in a Wordsworth poem, her out-of-time-and-everywhere-in-time dad, and an ex-fiance who is pressing her for a final "no" or "maybe yes."

What's a girl to do? Get caught up in the doings of Jack Shitte and Acheron Hades, the greatest criminal mind in all the world ... that's what!

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