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Something Rotten

by Jasper Fforde

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Series: Thursday Next (4)

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Literary dectective Thursday Next returns to Swindon with her son and Hamlet. But can she find a Shakespeare clone to stop the Merry Wives of Windsor from getting entangled with Hamlet? Can she prevent the world from plunging into war? Can she vanquish Kaine before he realizes his dream of absolute power? And, most important, will she ever find reliable child care?… (more)
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    Who's Afraid of Beowulf? by Tom Holt (Dr.Science)
    Dr.Science: The English author Tom Holt is relatively unknown in America, but very popular in England. If you enjoy Jasper Fforde or Christopher Moore you will most certainly enjoy Tom Holt's wry sense of English humor and the absurd. He has written a number of excellent books including Expecting Someone Taller, and Flying Dutch, but they may be difficult to find at your library or bookstore.… (more)
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    Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines (TomWaitsTables)
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    Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham (TomWaitsTables)

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This series has been fun, but I really don't think I can read anymore of these. The humor and the writing is just not my style, and though I've made it this far, I don't really feel up to struggling through three more books. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Somehow, this installment in the Thursday Next series felt like less fun and more work. Too many subplots to track, though the imaginative force it took to create them all still blows this reader's mind. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Two years have passed and Thursday is still working in Jurisfiction and hunting the Minotaur, but she longs to return to the real world and find Landen, previously eradicated by the Goliath Corporation. Her son Friday is now two

She returns to Swindon with Hamlet, who wants to see what the real world is like and stays with her mother and father. She gets her job back at SpecOps and starts to find out all she has missed. President George Formby is still in power but the Goliath Corporation has made allegiances with Yorrick Kaine and plan to oust him. Kaine has growing power and influence and is using it to stir up hatred of Denmark, and has sought the services of 'The Windowmaker' (a spelling mistake, but it was too late to correct) an assassin who turns out to be the wife of a friends of hers.

She meets with the CEO of the Goliath Corporation to try again to get Landen back, and they promise that they will for her forgiveness, but she is convinced that she has had some mind control applied. Landedn appears, but it takes a while for reality to get used to him being there so he keeps disappearing. Her father, now re-admitted to the time-travelling ChronoGuard, warns her of the perils that Kaine's plan pose. Along with the Goliath Corporation planning to become a religion to avoid the prophecy that they are doomed to fail, and that Thursday has to get the Swindon Mallets to win the 1988 Croquet Superhoop to avoid the end of the world, her biggest problem is getting childcare.

Not quite as good as the previous one the the series, it didn't seem to have the focus of the last. That said, I do like the way that Fforde writes these, they are cleverly done, and full of wit and ideas and sub plots that turn and twist. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Preceded by The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Another decent installment to the 'Thursday Next' series, but to be honest, if it weren't for the ending this would have been two stars. The pace was good, and the writing interesting, but I didn't laugh. Not once. And that is supposed to be why I read Fforde. If this book were a stand-up act, it would be one of those greeted with agreeable applause and nodding heads from the audience rather than laughter.

Not that laughter is all that Fforde has to offer, this really ties together a lot of loose ends in the serie, and I suspect, was intended to be the last 'Next book' entirely. I'll pick up his other books eventually and recommend this to people who want to see where Thursday ends up, just don't expect too much.

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Previous: 'The Well of Lost Plots' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
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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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Fforde, Jasperprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Belanger, FrancesDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gray, EmilyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, MaggyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, StewartIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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KAINE PUBLISHING Warning: This book may become subject to retrospective book-burning legislation. To comply with Kaine Directive CSBO 812804, the Mandatory Combustibility Information of this novel has been calculated as follows. Energy Content: 19,180 Btu, Combustibility: Medium. Flash Point: 451°F
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Literary dectective Thursday Next returns to Swindon with her son and Hamlet. But can she find a Shakespeare clone to stop the Merry Wives of Windsor from getting entangled with Hamlet? Can she prevent the world from plunging into war? Can she vanquish Kaine before he realizes his dream of absolute power? And, most important, will she ever find reliable child care?

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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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