Jan. 31st, 2010

tispity: Vanquisher character from Torchlight (Default)
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde

'If this were fiction, this little incident would have relevance thirty or so chapters from now; as it is it means nothing - after all, not every incident in life has a meaning.'
'Tell that to the scholars who study me,' Hamlet snorted disdainfully, then thought for a moment before adding: 'If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Over-long, detailed to the point of distraction - and ultimately without a major resolution.'

The fourth and final Thursday Next novel provides a suitably fitting resolution to Fforde's insanely brilliant series. I'll keep this fairly short as it is a sequel and you can read my thoughts on the previous three novels here and here. Suffice to say I think this one may be a strong contender for the best in the series. With her previous adventure having been set entirely in Bookworld it was actually a welcome change of pace and focus in this book to find Thursday back in the so-called real world as she returns to her native Swindon, now with her two year old son, Friday - and also Hamlet Prince of Denmark - in tow, to take on the shady Goliath Corporation, prevent impending Armageddon, help Swindon's ailing croquet team win the world cup, and to find a way to undo the fact that her husband has been eradicated by the time police. It's a non-stop roller-coaster of zany action with lots of typically Ffordian literary gags (Hamlet watching the Mel Gibson version of his play is a classic moment!) At the same time however, with so much focus on the evils of the Goliath Corporation, the tone here is darker and more cynical, I felt, than in previous Thursday adventures and I definitely detected some veiled criticisms of New Labour and Blair's cult of personality amidst all the craziness. There are also some genuinely touching moments, including the ending (which I won't spoil) and the scene in which Thursday is hired to shoot a Chimera, a gene-sequenced hybrid monster, but when she locates the ugly brute terrorising a shopping mall its misguided creator rushes forward calling out "Denis, there you are, Daddy was worried about you." That bit genuinely moved me.

I loved this series anyway and would definitely recommend that those of you who like the idea of Douglas Adams with oodles more literary jokes should get to know Miss Next!


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