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The Constant Rabbit
The Constant Rabbit: The new standalone novel from the Number One bestselling author | Jasper Fforde
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THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'Sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality' The Times ______________________________________________ England, 2020. There are 1.2 million human-sized rabbits living in the UK. They can walk, talk and drive cars, the result of an Inexplicable Anthropomorphising Event fifty-five years ago. And a family of rabbits is about to move into Much Hemlock, a cosy little village where life revolves around summer fetes, jam-making, gossipy corner stores, and the oh-so-important Best Kept Village awards. No sooner have the rabbits arrived than the villagers decide they must depart. But Mrs Constance Rabbit is made of sterner stuff, and her family are behind her. Unusually, so are their neighbours, long-time residents Peter Knox and his daughter Pippa, who soon find that you can be a friend to rabbits or humans, but not both. With a blossoming romance, acute cultural differences, enforced rehoming to a MegaWarren in Wales, and the full power of the ruling United Kingdom Anti Rabbit Party against them, Peter and Pippa are about to question everything they'd ever thought about their friends, their nation, and their species. It'll take a rabbit to teach a human humanity . . . PRAISE FOR JASPER FFORDE 'A born wordsmith of effervescent imagination' Independent 'Forget all the rules of time, space and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure' Telegraph 'Endlessly imaginative and distinctively quirky' Mail on Sunday on Early Riser 'True literary comic genius' Sunday Express 'Brilliantly funny . . . His relentless imagination and his affection for his characters are contagious and irresistible' New York Times
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AFrostCauseReads
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Pickpick

I cannot wait to discuss this with my book club!

The premise- a bunch of rabbits anthropomorphize and try to integrate into UK society, but of course, prejudice is a thing! It‘s light hearted, but still shows the dangers of not accepting people

The witty writing/humor reminded me of Douglas Adams. The satire/comments on society reminded my of Chuck Palahniuk. And the animals pointing out human problems reminded me of Animal Farm/Bojack Horseman

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Decalino
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Pickpick

In the world of The Constant Rabbit, a mysterious event in the 1960s caused a select few animals to anthropomorphize, growing in size and developing the ability to learn and speak human languages. Decades later, the Rabbit population has grown considerably and discrimination against them is rampant. Clever, inventive, and at times quite dark, this satirical tale of human xenophobia was a quick and memorable read.

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charl08
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I love Fforde's footnotes.

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Sparkin
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Am enjoying reading this - the first chapter was a blast. Spotted this graffiti in Bristol yesterday.

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charl08
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Book mail (clashing horribly with the rug).

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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

I found the first half-ish of the book confusing. I ended up enjoying the second half, though, once I figured out what was going on. For the first bit of the book, I kept thinking – ok, Fforde is way too smart for me because this is over my head. I did like the second half-ish, though. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin At that point, there seemed to be more of a plot and things happened, and I understood what was happening. There was a bunch of satire that went over my head, but once there as a plot, I liked it! 11mo
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bookishbitch
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Pickpick

This man is brilliant. I'm not going to even try explaining any of it. I found the ending completely unexpected. It was both happy and sad if that makes any sense. And part of it was also very satisfying. Excellent writing and a very timely commentary on humanity and politics. I loved it.

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bookishbitch
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I'm watching The Carol Burnett Show and Tim Conway is playing a lawyer who happens to be a rabbit. I thought it was funny considering the book I'm currently reading. I love this show though not all the skits have aged well. My favorite part is when they are laughing for real. Usually because of Tim's, most times off script, antics.

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bookishbitch
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Thank goodness for inter-library loan. Perfect for when you want to read a specific book but just can't buy them all.

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bekakins
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A really great piece of satire... looking at Brexit, xenophobia, and anti-immigrant views via the absurd notion that rabbits become anthropomorphised in a random event! I always enjoy Jasper Fforde‘s works, and this one didn‘t disappoint!

#doublespin done for May 🙌

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 13mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 “Somebody once said that the library is actually the dominant life form on the planet. Humans simply exist as the reproductive means to achieve more libraries.”

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rabbitprincess
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How appropriate that this book arrived in my Libby app on Easter 🐰

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kristenm
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Pickpick

It was kind of a given that I would love this one as Fforde is one of my fave authors but it‘s a very good standalone story that allows the reader to really see the absurdity of prejudice and racism through an equally absurd scenario. It does have Fforde‘s trademark sense of humor so if you haven‘t meshed with him in the past, you might not now. But this is such a topical subject that I think it‘s worth a try for any reader.

AvidReader25 LOVE Fforde‘s books! (edited) 1y
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LisaLovesToRead
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Pickpick

Fforde is creative & satirical.

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vlwelser
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Pickpick

I loved this. It's a book about racism with anthropomorphized rabbits as the victims and it felt very George Orwell to me but it's being compared to Watership Down which I haven't read. I love this author and I love satire so this was just totally my happy place.

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@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Echo
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It is time, yet again, to settle down with a book by my very favorite author. 🐰

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Victoria_Clyne
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Pickpick

I haven't read a Jasper Fforde novel for ages. I love how he takes an out there idea (like human-sized, walking, talking rabbits) and grounds it by using perfectly relatable characters. I find myself suspending all reason and just going with the flow. So much do I found myself worrying about what was going to happen to my favourite characters, which included rabbits.

Well written and very descriptive. A great read.

Cuilin I‘m intrigued. 🤔 Stacking. 1y
Victoria_Clyne @Cuilin I hope you enjoy as much as I did. 1y
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wanderer15
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Mehso-so

I loved The Eyre Affair and was really excited for this based on the blurb, but I kept waiting for a twist or curveball that would allow it to transcend basic, surface-level satire, and it never came. Some nice moments, and certainly creative, but not a home run for me.

BennettBookworm He came out with a new book this summer?! What?! That‘s a bummer that it wasn‘t so compelling, but also I was disappointed by his last one-off, Early Riser. Hmm. 1y
wanderer15 Stick to your strengths, Fforde! :) 1y
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Godpants
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Pickpick

There really is no one else like Fforde out there. Every book is just such an engaging believable experience even though it‘s always weird and surreal as fuck. It‘s so nice to read something that‘s a legitimate escape from reality.

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Godpants
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You know it‘s a good day when your hold on the new Fforde novel comes available. He‘s one of my absolute favourites.

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BarbaraJean
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Pickpick

Just what I expect from Fforde—funny, absurd, and satirical, with both likeable & ridiculous characters in abundance. The setup: ~50 years ago an Anthropomorphising Event transformed some rabbits to human size & human intelligence. As you can imagine, the Rabbit population has grown in size & decreased in popularity. There are some wonderfully cutting parallels to current racism & xenophobia. Overall a pick, though the ending was a bit lacking.

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BarbaraJean
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Progress so far in the #votedearlyreadathon:
🐇Finished The Constant Rabbit (fun and absurd with a healthy dose of cutting satire)
🐍Making progress in Freshwater (fascinating and a bit heavy)
🥕Keeping up with Anne for #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead (a delight!)
🤔Thinking about mixing it up with Moon Over Soho for a change of pace

🎃 Happy Halloween, everyone! 🎃

charl08 So looking forward to picking up the Fforde! 2y
LeahBergen What a cute quilt! 2y
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BarbaraJean
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“The way we see it, London is just one massive money-laundering scheme attached to an impressive public transport system and a few museums, of which even the most honest has more stolen goods than a lock-up garage in Worcester rented by a guy I know called Chalky.”

😂🤣 A friend in England once referred to the British Museum as “an active crime scene”—and it‘s not far from the truth.

Caroline2 😆 So true!!! I think London is massively overrated myself. 🤷‍♀️ 2y
Susanita London and Chicago are cities I‘ve only “visited” at the airport. 2y
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BarbaraJean
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Between the news, the election, local wildfires, and my brother in the hospital for COVID, it has been A WEEK. And it‘s Wednesday. So I‘m glad for the #votedearlyreadathon and am planning to bury my sorrows in novels. Above is what‘s in my pile. I‘m planning to finish Constant Rabbit & Freshwater, keep up with my daily Anne for my #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead, and at least dip into Moon Over Soho & Deadly Education. Thanks for hosting, @howjessreads !

Ruthiella I hope your brother gets better soon! 2y
BarbaraJean @Ruthiella Thank you! 2y
wanderinglynn Healing thoughts and positive energy to your brother and your family as I empathize with you on the stress. 💚 2y
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Lcsmcat I‘m sorry to hear about your brother. I hope he recovers quickly. 2y
mrp27 Sending positive thoughts and good feelings. 2y
BarbaraJean @wanderinglynn @Lcsmcat @mrp27 Thank you all!! My sister-in-law was able to talk with him this morning and said he sounds like himself again—such good news! I‘m hopeful for a good recovery and thankful he‘s receiving the care he needs. 2y
howjessicareads Constant Rabbit is an odd one.... glad your brother seems to be improving!! 2y
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JoyBlue
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Pickpick

Social/political commentary exactly as you would expect from Jasper Fforde: funny, pointed, and bizarre.

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Luulit
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https://www.luulit.com/product/the-constant-rabbit-a-novel-audible-audiobook-una...

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A new stand-alone novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Early Riser and the Thursday Next series

England, 2022. There are 1.2 million human-size rabbits living in the UK. They can walk, talk, drive cars, and they like to read Voltaire, the result of an Inexplicable Anthropomorphizing Event 55 years before...

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 1! Just released! This one‘s been classified as fantasy, sci fi, dystopia, humor, & absurdist. Then again, it *is* Jasper Fforde 😆. An event occurs that anthropomorphizes (such a tongue-twisting word 🤪) some rabbits who then go on to making themselves...prolific, as rabbits are wont to do. In the UK, an anti-rabbit political party starts up and one small village deals head-on with them. Intriguing. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

DAB 🎉 🎉 🎉 🔥 🔥 🔥 🌻 🌻 🌲 🌈 🌿 🌹 🌷 🌷 🎈 🎈 🎈His back. Yeah!!!!! 🎉 🌻 2y
TheSpineView Look interesting. Looking forward to what you have to day about it! 2y
KVanRead Yay! You‘re back!👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 2y
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sharread I'm getting that one. Hope the rabbits don't get killed they usually are picked on. 😁❤🐇🐰🐇🐰 2y
MrBook 🤗 🤗 🤗@KVanRead , I'm back! I'm not going anywhere anymore, lol. Things are rockin' & rollin'! I hope you've been well! 2y
MrBook 🤗@DAB , aw yeah! 😊 2y
KVanRead @MrBook Yay! Glad things are good. Good here too if a little upside down in hot and smoky San Francisco 🙃 Thank goodness for Litsy and books. 2y
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Verity
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This is Jasper Fforde's response to the political and social moment, and as I saw him say somewhere (instagram? his website?), it's not subtle. But it's also absolutely Jasper Fforde. It's absurd, it's funny and he's managed to make a world where there are 6 foot anthropomorphised rabitts (and a few other species) seem absolutely real and plausible. It'll make you think as well as make you laugh, and it is utterly mad at times.

charl08 I loved the last one, trying to hold out for the paperback... 2y
Verity @charl08 I think this feels more... applicable than the last one did. It‘s not subtle about what it‘s trying to tell you. But it‘s also hilarious. 2y
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Lizpixie
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Bk7 of my #JulyBookHaul is a signed copy of Jasper Fforde‘s new novel. In a world where rabbits are the new minority, Peter Knox lives in a small country village where things are peaceful. Until Doc & Constance Rabbit move next door, upsetting the local members of the Anti-Rabbit party who start a campaign to have them moved on. Peters forced to choose between his village and his new neighbors who just want to live in peace. Sounds intriguing🐰

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ralexist
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Pickpick

Jasper, Jasper, Jasper....the things your brain comes up with. I mean who else is going to do an alternative history social commentary satire with life-sized anthropomorphized rabbits?
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Fforde has an uncanny way of building multi-layered worlds that still feel recognizable as our own. It's a primary reason why he's one of my favorite authors. And I will always always pick up anything he writes. Just a brilliant read!

eshchory I agree so much. He takes something completely absurd and uses it to give insight on the ridiculousness of our own world. 2y
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charl08
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Yay! New book alert.

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Verity
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I might have bought myself an actual (signed) copy...

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BookwormM
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Pickpick

#Netgalley #ARC #ConstantRabbit

Like @RachelO I am conflicted by this book. I loved his other series and felt this one lacked magic.

The trademark humour is there but the satire using rabbits didn‘t work for me. It lost cohesion and some sections were just uncomfortable.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3413994792

rockpools Great review. It‘s a weird one - maybe my expectations were just too high! 2y
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eshchory
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Another tour de force from Jasper Fforde.
Brilliant political satire set in a slightly absurd alternate reality that is not so different from our own.

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Zoes_Human
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Pickpick

Jasper Fforde's trademark mix of absurd humor and timely social satire shines in this book and its abundance of laugh-out-loud and stop-to-think moments. With flawless pacing and despite a ridiculous premise, The Constant Rabbit pulls you into its world and emotionally connects you to the experiences of its characters. This may well be his best work to-date.

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eshchory
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I am so excited #NetGalley have approved me for #TheConstantRabbit

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Zoes_Human
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“Everyone is capable of reform. It‘s quite possible to do bad things and find some kind of restorative justice—personally, and for those you‘ve wronged.”

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rockpools
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Mehso-so

I‘m a bit conflicted.

The concept‘s so original (a Britain where anthropomorphised rabbits live alongside humans, and face considerable speciesism), and I did laugh at a lot of his quips and puns. But I kind of wanted to see this world as part of a sketch show or something, rather than a novel...

rockpools As a satire on Brexit Britain and the associated anti-immigration rhetoric, I didn‘t really get anything new from it (not even ‘low to middling outrage‘). And as a story, as characters, I kept putting the book down and failing to picking it up again, which isn‘t the best sign.

Thank you to #NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for a free review copy of this book.
2y
rockpools #madeyoulol #Booked2020 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft (Sorry if you‘ve had a dozen notifications- I seem to be having problems commenting!) 2y
Cinfhen Sounds like it had potential but fell short in the delivery, at least you laughed 😊 2y
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squirrelbrain Great review of a strange-sounding book! 🐰 2y
BookwormM I have an ARC of this one 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Okaaaay ... sounds super weird, but intriguing. 👊🏻♥️📚 2y
rockpools @BookwormM Might just have been the wrong time for me - I felt like I wanted something ‘weightier‘ behind it. 2y
BookwormM I like Jasper Fforde‘s other books for the light hearted fun so I may like it more than you 😂 2y
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Zoes_Human
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“... but in a dark day for evolution he‘d had children before dying ...” 😂😂🤣

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Zoes_Human
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“‘Ready, Stanley?‘ I asked Mr. Baldwin, who oversaw returns and reservations but was actually retired Wing Commander Slocombe, a former RAF officer who famously lost an ear while ejecting out of a Hawker Hunter over Aden. Remarkably, a solitary ear was retrieved from the wreckage of the aircraft and reattached. Even more remarkably, it wasn‘t his.” 😂😂🤣

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Zoes_Human
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“Somebody once said that the library is actually the dominant life form on the planet. Humans simply exist as the reproductive means to achieve more libraries.“

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Ambl1966
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This dropped through my door yesterday. It‘s a bit of a tonic in these lockdown days.

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Moray_Reads
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Mehso-so

Rabbits become anthropomorphised and chaos and typical (negative) human reactions ensure. This inspired the same feelings as the last few Ffordes I've read, initial delight at his inventiveness, wordplay and wit followed by dwindling interest. Sometimes he gets too caught up in his own cleverness, the plot felt glacial and I wasn't engaged with the characters. It could have been an excellent novella but the length diminished its impact.

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Moray_Reads
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This seems like the perfect time for some wacky Ffordian escapism #arc

jillrhudy Ooooooo I want! When does it come out? 2y
Moray_Reads @jillrhudy 2 July in UK! 2y
jillrhudy Well rats—why doesn‘t Netgalley have it? I feel deprived! 2y
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Moray_Reads @jillrhudy that's strange, I got it on Netgalley a few days ago! 2y
jillrhudy @Moray_Reads what country are you in? 2y
Moray_Reads @jillrhudy Scotland. The publishing date may be earlier in the UK. I'll keep my fingers crossed you get an arc soon! 2y
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Verity
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This has made my week: I‘ve got an e-advance of the new Jasper Fforde!

LiteraryinLawrence Ooooh, how exciting! 2y
rockpools Yay! They approved me too! Thanks for the tip 🐰 2y
Verity @RachelO yay! I am so excited 2y
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