AJAX BELL

Author of the Queen City Boys books

50 Books: Book 5

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Something Rotten, Jasper Fforde

 If you've read the other books in this series, then you'll probably find this one equally enjoyable and satisfying.  If you haven't read this series then, wait, what?  Why aren't you reading it!?!?!?  Oh yeah, I get it probably isn't everyone's bag, but man if you've been a voracious reader your whole life, especially of classics and SF, then you are totally missing out of you don't read Fforde (pronounced 'Fuh-ford-dey' if you're me, yeah I know better, no I don't care).  I figured out what was going to happen about 40 pages in and then went to sleep.  The next night I stayed up 'til 4 am reading the next 280 pages.  Yeah, seriously page turning.  That man knows how to end a chapter.  I'm telling you.  It's good for the in jokes, the wacky hilarity, the loveable characters, but really, old Jasper, he just knows how to end a chapter so that you have to turn the page.  He's got Surprise on his side, even without old Acheron around.  (2 points for getting the original reference there, 2 more if you can identify where Fforde used it.)  Also the cover actually kind of scares me.  Scary toast, who'da thunk?  Also for all their light-heartedness, Thursday's relationship with her father in these books always makes me vaguely teary.  Take Your Vacation in the Socialist Republic of Wales.

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