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Something Rotten (Thursday Next, 4) (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Jasper Fforde

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Title:Something Rotten (Thursday Next, 4)
Authors:Jasper Fforde
Info:Viking Penguin (2004), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 383 pages
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Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde (2004)

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Book on CD read by Emily Gray.

Book four in the Thursday Next fantasy / sci-fi “literary detective” series. The Goliath Corporation is still trying to take over the world, though this time their scheme is to be declared a religion. Hamlet is staying with Thursday and her family, while she tries to sort out the mess that all the cloned Shakespeares have made of the original play. Thursday’s father, the rogue ChronoGuard, and her mad-scientist Uncle Mycroft, both make significant, though small, contributions.

What I most enjoy about this series is Fforde’s vivid imagination and all the literary references. The plots are completely unrealistic, but that’s part of the fun. Thursday is a strong, independent, resourceful heroine, and the supporting characters – Spike, the vampire, and Stig, the Neanderthal, in particular – are delightfully over-the-top. The SuperHoop (think “Super Bowl” for croquet) match is fun and thrilling and ridiculous all at once.

If this review doesn’t make much sense … well, neither does the book. But who cares?! It’s fun to read.

Emily Gray does a marvelous job performing the audio version. She has great pacing and is a skilled voice artist, able to differentiate the many characters. I love the way she voices Stig and St Zvlkx in this installment. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jun 24, 2017 |
Similar to the other two books I've read in this series. I think there might be clever puns or references in the many names mentioned, but I haven't figured most of them out. Braxton Hicks I recognize; Bowden Cable means nothing to me.
  raizel | Jun 20, 2017 |
I read this a few summers ago, though I can't remember precisely when, only that it was long after I bought it and that it was my first exposure to the Infinite Monkey Theorem which I have since referenced in lectures an unnecessary amount of times. I haven't read the first few books in the series, unfortunately, but caught on pretty quick. Given that I'm submerged neck-deep in Brontës with my all-Brontës-all-the-time seminar, I'm determined to get around to [b:The Eyre Affair|27003|The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)|Jasper Fforde|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1309201183s/27003.jpg|3436605] and possibly continue on with the series. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
Jasper Fforde is addictive IF his off beat literary humor is your cup of tea. I love his books for audio listening while commuting because the constant uproar of plots and subplots and the vast numbers of minor characters keeps me on my toes. However, if you are looking for a well-constructed mystery or a fantasy world that obeys its own internal constraints, these books will probably disappoint. If you read to much, esp. classics, you, like me, might find these books fun and affirming, a series of inside jokes. "Something Rotten" is a good addition to the Thursday Next series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you disliked the earlier installments, you will almost surely hate this one. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Thursday has left the Bookworld after 2 years and is transitioning back to the real world and not without a fair few hurdles. Goliath is aiming for classification as a religion, Kaine is one step away from ruling all of the UK as a dictator, Danish books are being rounded up and burned by order of the government and in her absence, Thursday was convicted of cheese smuggling. Her husband is still eradicated and she's 20k pounds in the hole on her overdraft. Oh, and she has to keep an eye on Hamlet, who came out of Bookworld with her so he could find himself.

Oh, so many things to love about this book. In no particular order and without spoilers:

- Pickwick. Pickwick is always worth loving but Fforde makes her so expressive with so very few words. She made me laugh out loud at least once.

- This is not the book to be in if you're Danish. Lots of satirical comedy surrounding the sudden discrimination against Danes (especially in the chapter headings). Because some of my best friends in the world are Danish, I think I find it a lot funnier than some might; Fforde just nails it.

- Neanderthals get a lot more page time.

- The fight in the hanger. No spoilers, but I'll just say it was masterful literary chess.

- The fate of the world might truly rest on the outcome of a game.

This is the book that wraps up more than a couple of story arcs. Lots of answers and very few questions remaining. I'll admit I missed the footnoterphone more than I would have thought, and I truly prefer the shenanigans of Bookworld over the shenanigans of Real Life. Not really a surprise. There was a bit that I think went too far and felt too convenient, but I can't even hint at it without spoilers so I'll leave it at that.

The ending of Something Rotten is what got that last 1/2 star out of me. It was... well, just read it for yourself. If you're a Thursday Next fan, I expect it will get you in the same place. ( )
  murderbydeath | Oct 17, 2016 |
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Fforde continues to pitch high, wide, and fast.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal (Nov 1, 2004)
Sticking with this oddball novel is rewarding, and readers who share Fforde's love of literature and surreal sense of humor will enjoy this free fall through absurdity.
added by Katya0133 | editPeople, Joe Heim (Aug 23, 2004)
With humorous illustrations and curious footnotes sprinkled throughout, Fforde's latest will have hardcore fans roaring.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Aug 16, 2004)
It's easy to be delighted by a writer who loves books so madly -- and who can imagine a Hamlet who roams the real world, declaring: ''That Freud fellow will have a bloody nose if ever I meet him.''
added by Katya0133 | editThe New York Times, Janet Maslin (Aug 5, 2004)
[Fforde] is always charming company, and if he sometimes strays too far into fantasy, well, what's so great about reality?
added by Katya0133 | editTime, Lev Grossman (Aug 2, 2004)

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The Minotaur had been causing trouble far in excess of his literary importance—first by escaping from the fantasy-genre prison book Sword of the Zenobians, then by leading us on a merry chase across most of fiction and thwarting all attempts to recapture him.
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Detective Thursday Next has had her fill of her responsibilities as the Bellman in Jurisfiction. Packing up her son, Friday, Thursday returns to Swindon accompanied by none other than the dithering Danish prince Hamlet. But returning to SpecOps is no snap—as outlaw fictioneer Yorrick Kaine plots for absolute power, the return of Swindon's patron saint foretells doom, and if that isn't bad enough, back in the Book World The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet. Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop this hostile takeover? Can she vanquish Kaine and prevent the world from plunging into war? Find out in this totally original, action-packed romp, sure to be another escapist thrill for Jasper Fforde's legion of fans.
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The fourth installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series follows literary detective Thursday Next on another adventure in her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England

The popularity of Jasper Fforde’s one-of-a-kind series of genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment builds with each new book. Now in the fourth installment, the resourceful literary detective Thursday Next returns to Swindon from the BookWorld accompanied by her son Friday and none other than the dithering Hamlet. But returning to SpecOps is no snap—as outlaw fictioner Yorrick Kaine plots for absolute power, the return of Swindon’s patron saint foretells doom, and, if that isn’t bad enough, The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet. Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop this hostile takeover? Can she vanquish Kaine and prevent the world from plunging into war? And will she ever find reliable child care? Find out in this totally original, action-packed romp, sure to be another escapist thrill for Jasper Fforde’s legions of fans. Thursday’s zany investigations continue with First Among Sequels. Look for the five other bestselling Thursday Next novels, including One of Our Thursdays is Missing and Jasper Fforde’s latest bestseller, The Woman Who Died A Lot. Visit jasperfforde.com for a ffull window into the Ffordian world!

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Tired of her responsibilities as the Bellman in Jurisfiction, literary sleuth Thursday Next packs up her son, Friday, to return to Swindon, accompanied by the Danish prince Hamlet, only to find herself coping with outlaw fictioneer Yorrick Kaine.

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