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Early Riser
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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cariashley
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This was my first non Thursday Next read by Fforde and I loved it! It was wholly its own thing but maintained the whimsy, wit and heart that I love from the Next books. A very good listen and appropriate for this time of year!

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cariashley
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Current view of Gramercy from my window here in NYC. Very happy to not go outside today. Planning on making banana bread, cuddling with the cats and listening to this audiobook, which has a very fitting winter theme!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❄️ 5mo
AmyG Beautiful. I miss NYC so much. 5mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 👌 5mo
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squirrelbrain So beautiful! 5mo
LeahBergen So pretty! 5mo
marleed Oh wow! 5mo
BookBabe Great photo! What a lovely view. 5mo
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Jaimelire
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I just love Jasper Fforde‘s weird, quirky books. This one was no exception. Hibernation for four months, except for the winter consuls…..who have some pretty outrageous adventures!

Lucy_Anywhere Shades of Grey is one of my favourite books! I really enjoyed this one as well 7mo
Jaimelire @Lucy_Anywhere Me Too! I was hoping there would be a sequel to “Shades of Grey”. 7mo
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Kangaj1
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Finished my #doublespin today, @TheAromaofBooks

I liked this one. It took quite a while to get into the story, but I trust Fforde. Definitely a slow burn, but per his style it is super creative and quite funny.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
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HeyT
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#BookReport
This week was pretty productive. I managed to finish both of my Book Spin selections and got about 100 pages into my much forgotten library book.

#WeeklyForecast
My entire goal for the week is to make progress on my library stack as I've just renewed them for the third and final time so it's now or never to finish them.

annahenke It‘s been such a long time since I read that Terry Goodkind series! Did you watch the TV series based on it - Legend of the Seeker? 13mo
HeyT @annahenke Honestly I had no idea there was a show. I picked it up because it's on my goodreads book club shelf. 13mo
annahenke @HeyT haha it‘s funny. An abc show that had two seasons 13mo
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HeyT
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I really enjoyed this as a quasi police procedural set in a world in which the human species hibernates for the winter which is fierce and colder every year. I was expecting humor because I've read the Thursday Next books and while there was some the book overall has a more somber tone than that series. I liked following Charlie around during his first overwinter and watching the mystery unfold.
#BuriedAliveChallenge

HeyT @TheAromaofBooks This was my #DoubleSpin selection for May 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
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HeyT
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I‘m about a third of the way in now and while this is a little more serious in tone than the Thursday Next books I‘m still enjoying it. It‘s an interesting world that you slowly come to understand after being kind of dropped into the middle of it.
#CatsOfLitsy

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HeyT
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I had the intention to follow my forecast and pick up doomsday book next but the library copy I have had such minuscule print that I decided to put it off for a bit. So next up is early riser and I‘ve loved the other stuff he‘s written so I‘m excited about this. I think Callie agrees with me.
#CatsOfLitsy

null000 😻😻😻 14mo
CBee Hi Callie 😍😍😍 14mo
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khooliha
Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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Not quite to 50% but this is just not grabbing me at all. Gonna flip through the back half and maybe return to it another day.

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BookBr
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I‘ve always loved Fforde for the way he sidesteps reality JUST enough, and the sly British wit that follows. This was no exception, with a wintery world full of confusion, adventure, maybe-mythical creatures, and of course, bureaucracy. Except this time with EMPs. Honestly, it just made me long to hibernate.

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khooliha
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Having a hell of a time getting into this book - it's sort of the first Fforde I've read since undergrad? I think? Something about this isn't grabbing me, and I'm wondering if it's the fact that the plot promised by the blurb hasn't really shown up at 25% of the way in? Also, the blurb made me think it was written in 2nd person, an assumption I've had since 2018, and it's sort of a surprise every time I open it that it isn't.

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EatSleepRead
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This book was so wonderfully weird and witty. I love sci-fi and it definitely ticked the boxes for me. To be warned, this type of book may not be for everyone. The world-building and characters were amazing, though you are jumping into the deep end of the pool on page one. Expect to be a bit confused initially.

Kdgordon88 I was so confused I set it aside for another day. Love all of his other books. 14mo
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H_SQUARED
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Giving it a whirl.

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shaynarae
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I really enjoyed this and will be recommending it! A great winter read, especially if you‘re into a bit of sci-fi and exploring the question of agency. In an alternative version of the world as we know it, winter is so extreme and dangerous that most people spend it in a pharmaceutically-induced hibernation. Enter zombies, mythical creatures, and what happens when the line between dreams and reality blurs, and you get Early Riser!

BookishMarginalia I enjoyed this one too 👍🏼 1y
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Kdgordon88
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Met my goals for #NovelNovember. Had to put Early Riser aside, maybe for another day, maybe not. Read The Duke and I instead to prepare for The Bridgestone. Thanks for hosting @Andrew65

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🙌🙌🍾🥂🍾🥂😍📚📚 Thanks for playing along. 😊 2y
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Kdgordon88
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New #Bookspin list and November TBR I finished two on my list and needed to update those spots and then decided to join @Andrew65 in his #ProgressItNovember challenge so changed it up. ⭐️ books are #LitsyAtoZ (11 to go) for #CrushtheRush - 🍁are all next up in their series except #19 which is the start of a new series. I think November will be a great reading month to slay my TBR.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick You're going to do well - I can feel it! 2y
Kdgordon88 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thank you for the encouragement! 😊 2y
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Kdgordon88
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Here is my November #Bookspin list. The starred books (13 of them) are the ones I need to finish to complete #LitsyAtoZ. It has been hard to stick to a challenge this year. Hope joining #Crushtherush will help me meet my goal by year‘s end. Thanks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick for hosting this great readathon!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I need to check out this readathon, too. Definitely have a few goals I'm writing off and a few that I really do want to check off!! 2y
Sace That background makes me happy 😁 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Happy to have you along! Looks like you'll need to read one every 4-5 days to stay on track. Are you a quick reader? 2y
Kdgordon88 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I read fairly fast but will need to get some on audio as I listen at about 1.5 speed which really helps. I honestly don‘t thin I will finish but will do my best. 2y
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Echo
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The fact that he couldn't get the tune of ”The Lonely Goatheard” out of his head 😂😂 #relatable

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UnRuLee
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That was one of the weirdest things I‘ve ever read. And I mean that mostly in a good way. The worldbuilding is unbelievably detailed. But whoa. My brain hurts.

Lucy_Anywhere I love this book! Shades of Grey is another fab book by Jasper Fford 2y
Bradleygirl I agree, remember reading this many months ago. what an amazing and weird trip. Jasper Fforde can always be counted on. seconding Shades of Grey too 2y
Echo None of his books have ever let me down!! I have every single one of his works and just started this one! 2y
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Shaneyney
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An alternate time line where everything is like it is now, but we are still in an ice age- and people have to hibernate. It‘s listed as a comedy but I would classify it as a mystery. I was a bit odd, kinda hard to get into, but in the end definitely worth the read.

Echo Check out his other works too! Shades of Grey was bloody brilliant as well! 2y
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Cafelicien
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#isolationTBR Great read during a pandemic. Real life doesn‘t seem as bad. It could be worse.

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PickwickPlockPlock
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Mehso-so

This was in tone more like Fforde's Shades of Grey than the Thursday Next novels. It has interesting ideas, but the world building didn't convince me and I had trouble to keep track of the different characters. I read the 'making of' article on Fforde's website. Turns out it was a struggle to write the thing, and I think it shows. He says he learned the lesson that he should stick to his style, so fingers crossed that I'll like his next one better

Buechersuechtling I still didn‘t make it to read one of his novels although I very often seeLexi posts about his books that are full of love. So I can‘t give my own opinion, but I love your review. It‘s help- and insightful. Thanks for writing and sharing it. 🙇🏽‍♀️ – Happy reading and happy Sunday to you. 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Buechersuechtling Happy Sunday back at you and thank you for your comment! I hope my review helps other people to decide if they want to give the book a chance. I find other people's reasons why they didn't like a book just as helpful as why did. 2y
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PickwickPlockPlock
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I find the book bleaker as Fforde's other books, but this Fawlty Towers reference made me laugh.

julesG 😍 2y
charl08 Love this quote too. Alternative Basil makes me smile. 2y
Deifio Don't mention the ottoman 🤣 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Deifio that' what cracked me up, too 😂 2y
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LauraJ
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Funny speculative fiction! Thanks for this pick, @vivastory I needed something smart and humorous.
#newyearwhodis

charl08 Quite fancy a woncho today. I think the ads are genius in Jasper Fforde. 2y
vivastory I'm glad this one worked for you! I thought it was just quirky & strange enough. 2y
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LauraJ
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Cecil does not care that it‘s my day off. He must have breakfast now! He has a busy day of napping ahead.
Cecil does not care that I‘m enjoying this book. We must play now. He has a nap to get to.
#catsoflitsy

squirrelbrain Love Cecil! 😻 2y
Meaw_catlady Awww Cecil!!! Same feels the same way he is meowing and clawing at my door and I do not want to move from my bed. 2y
Leftcoastzen 😹😻 2y
LauraJ @Meaw_catlady Unfortunately, Cecil can open all the doors in my apartment. 2y
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LauraJ
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Next time someone calls me “Jonsey” I‘ll insist that I go by “Frost Crumpet”!
#NewYearWhoDis

BarbaraJean I mean, who wouldn‘t prefer “FrostCrumpet”?! 😂 2y
julesG "FrostCrumpet" is a pretty cool nickname and would make a great Litsy name should you ever want to change yours. 2y
LauraJ @julesG I‘m considering it... 2y
monalyisha LOVE this! 2y
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LauraJ
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Home sick with a cold. Cecil has no sympathy for me and will not be giving me back my reading chair. Furry bastard won‘t even make me a cup of tea. ☕️

Leftcoastzen 😂😻Hope you feel better soon! mine won‘t make me tea either, even when I ask real nice. 2y
Tamra Seems a flaw with the species. 2y
LeahBergen Useless Cecil. 😆 2y
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vivastory Earn your keep, Cecil! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahaha!! They are the most self centered beings on the planet, but ethereal just the same🐾❤️ Cecil is a great name! 2y
ferskner I love that this picture matches your profile picture. 2y
LauraJ @ferskner I didn‘t even notice! 2y
LauraJ @Leftcoastzen I had a cat with thumbs and he was just as useless. 2y
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Grrlbrarian
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YEEEEE!!! Love everything in my #LGPOG gift exchange. 😍 Can‘t wait to read both books, the bath products smell *divine*, and I‘ll happily nibble the chocs while I drink out of my lovely new Austen mug, which will sit nicely on my new Austen coasters. Much appreciated but not pictured: delish ‘Naughty‘ flavored coffee to put in that mug. Will go great with a peppermint cane stirrer! Thanks for your thoughtfulness, @KimM ❤️ Happy Holidays!!!

KimM So glad you liked it! 3y
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vivastory
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Over the past couple of months I've made a significant dent in my BOTM collection. This, my first Fforde, is a serious contender for the strangest BOTM I read this year. There's so much happening all at once, it's a bit of a corporate dystopia, seasoned with Crouchean "what is reality" philosophy & the breezy yet effective satire of Pratchett. Strangely enough it all worked for me, but I could see it not working for everyone. Very unique.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Great review!! I‘m curious about this one, although it wasn‘t one of my picks. 3y
Cinfhen Great review/ my #BOTM backlog is ridiculous 3y
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vivastory
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vivastory
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Early Riser gets the ☕ & 🍞 (peppermint iced coffee pairs nicely with the winter setting; banana bread matches the🍌👖 feeling) This is my ffirst Fforde (couldn't resist) & although I'm only 60 pages in I'm sure I'll be reading more by him.

Godpants Oh you‘re in for a treat. Shades of Grey is another great stand alone if you want another before you jump into one of his series. 3y
AlaMich I second the recommendation for Shades of Grey. 3y
Lucy_Anywhere I love Jasper Fforde! I third the recommendation for Shades of Grey 3y
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Zoes_Human
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Punctuated with Jasper Fforde's distinctive quirky humor, Early Riser is dystopian-light. It's fun, fast, none-too-serious, and will keep you guessing as to which of these asshats is actually the enemy right up to the end.

PLUS there is a bonus cool thing about it that is a spoiler which I fucking adore. I've included it in the “spoiler“ comment below. 😊

Zoes_Human You are NEVER told Charlie's gender. A whole book with an ungendered protagonist is fantastic! 3y
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Seshat
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"I‘ve always been suspicious of game changers,‘ she added. ‘Sometimes the game doesn‘t need changing – or no one has a clear idea of which game will be changed, and for what and how much.‘"

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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If I hadn‘t had the opportunity to attend an ‘in conversation‘ event with Jasper Fforde, I never would have given this book a second thought (other than “nice cover”) but I got to thinking, what would a world where winter hibernation was the norm be like? And just like that - I found out ☺️ big pharma, conspiracies, bulking up for winter, murder, blizzards, not actually dead zombies... just the tip of the iceberg!

charl08 Lucky! What a brilliant writer. 3y
LeeRHarry Where did you see him? I went to an event last month in Hawthorn. I loved the Welshness of this one 😊 (edited) 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeeRHarry, same event! Readings on Glenferrie ☺️ I love the Nursery Crime books so really have just been letting everything else pass me by 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @charl08, I was equally excited that he was in conversation with Alison Croggon (one of my favourite writers in high school) 3y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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“But I can‘t work out if you‘re a clever person pretending to be thick, a thick person pretending to be clever or just a chancer stumbling through the Winter without any plan or thought at all.”

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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“I always knew stamp collecting would get them in trouble” said the woman, who I assumed was the 13th Earl‘s widow, “but look here, they were only doing a harmless spot of thieving...‘

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PickwickPlockPlock
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I am trying to stay strong and not buy every ebook that sounds interesting. But I have been interested in these two for some time now, and with each under 2€ I couldn't resist. I'll try to do better for the rest of the month, I swear.

BookHoarder32 Ooo Early Riser is so good ❤️ 3y
PickwickPlockPlock @BookHoarder32 I heard it described as a Western in Wales, and I don't care for Westerns... But I love Fforde's books, so... 😌 3y
BookHoarder32 I didn't see the western part... 🤔 it feels uniquely Fforde to me 😆 3y
Deifio I bought The Night Tiger, too! 😅😁 3y
PickwickPlockPlock @Deifio I love the English deal of the month 😁 3y
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Seshat
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"‘She punched me in the eye so hard she detached my retina,‘ he said, ‘and all I did was place the preposition at the end of the sentence.‘

‘That‘s grounds for an investigation, certainly a reprimand, maybe even charges,‘ I said, ‘against Toccata,‘ I added, in case he misunderstood"

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Seshat
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"‘I need a new Novice with a good memory to train up. Good career path. Exciting too. Lots of challenges. Bit of cash, extra pudding. Medium to high risk of death.‘

‘What was the last bit again?‘

‘Extra pudding.‘

‘And after that?'

‘Coffee and mints?‘

‘I meant on your list.‘

‘Oh – medium to high risk of death.‘"

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OriginalCyn620
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This is sci-fi and fantasy, two genres I don‘t read a lot of, but I really enjoyed it. Sometimes going outside your comfort zone is a good thing! #selfimprovementsept
#bookthatisoutsideyourcomfortzone

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚 3y
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Rissa1
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1. I wanted to love this, but I couldn't finish it.
2. Friends
3. Prescription cough syrup, advil, zoloft, and coffee
4. Central
5. Black Cross
#Fryayintro @howjessreads

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Liked this book ALOT. Very cool take on dystopian literature.

Bradleygirl Jasper Fforde is dependably terrific 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 3y
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DaisyDaniel
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What an author, what a world. Fforde truly is the master of the alternative universe - this was not only a gripping tale of espionage, conspiracy and exploration but every page also took you one step further into the fascinating version of wales Fforde has crafted. One where hibernation, mammoths and -60 C temperatures are commonplace. Having finished the book I not only miss Fforde‘s tone as an author, I also miss the world he led me through.

margreads I loved the early books in the Thursday Next series. Maybe it's time to read him again 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 3y
DaisyDaniel @margreads this was my first book of his - is the Thursday next series worth a read? 3y
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CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3y
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 3y
margreads Absolutely, although from memory the second or third book were my favourites 3y
Smrloomis Welcome! 🥳 2y
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Sensitivemuse
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Mehso-so

Slow plot but the characters were quirky and interesting. The world building was really good too. I heard so much about Jasper Fforde, but this book just didn't really impress. I think I'll give his other books a try.

tpixie Before you give up on him, Try the Tuesday Next series. I enjoy those! ( I haven't read anything else of his).
3y
BookHoarder32 If you like fairy tales, I recommend his Nursery Crimes series 3y
Sensitivemuse Oooo those sound excellent. Thanks so much he has awesome imagination and I didn't want to give up on him. 3y
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tome.fries
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
Finally finished this #botm pick. It was definitely unique! What did you think? Did you read it?

Addison_Reads I just started this one today. I'm only 100 pages in. I like it so far, but I really have no clue where the story is headed, which is fun. 3y
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