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Thursday Next in Something Rotten

Fforde, Jasper (Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Penguin Putnam
Detective Thursday Next has had her fill of her responsibilities as the Bellman in Jurisfiction, enough with Emperor Zhark’s pointlessly dramatic entrances, outbreaks of slapstick raging across pulp genres, and hacking her hair off to fill in for Joan of Arc. Packing up her son, Friday, Thursday returns to Swindon accompanied by none other than the dithering Danish prince Hamlet. Caring for both is more than a full- time job and Thursday decides it is definitely time to get her husband Landen back, if only to babysit. Luckily, those responsible for Landen’s eradication, The Goliath Corporation— formerly an oppressive multinational conglomerate, now an oppressive multinational religion— have pledged to right the wrong.

But returning to SpecOps isn’t a snap. When outlaw fictioneer Yorrick Kaine seeks to get himself elected dictator, he whips up a frenzy of anti-Danish sentiment and demands mass book burnings. The return of Swindon’s patron saint bearing divine prophecies could spell the end of the world within five years, possibly faster if the laughably terrible Swindon Mallets don’t win the Superhoop, the most important croquet tournament in the land. And if that’s not 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 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? Find out in this totally original, action-packed romp, sure to be another escapist thrill for Jasper Fforde’s growing legion of fans.

Baker & Taylor
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, anti-Danish sentiment, the return of Swindon's patron saint, and a seminal croquet tournament. 75,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Authors: Fforde, Jasper
Statement of Responsibility: Jasper Fforde
Title: Thursday Next in Something rotten
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2004
Characteristics: xix, 383 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Alternate Title: Something rotten
LCCN: 2004049497
ISBN: 0670033596
Branch Call Number: FIC F
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Jul 09, 2013
  • MarindaMisra rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE these books! I wanted to tell my husband what they were about, and, well, I had no idea where to begin. They are just so clever that I look forward to rereading them again and again.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Buried under a ton of exposition are the resolutions (finally!) to the major story lines from Book 2. Aornis is almost completely forgotten, which now that I think of it, is true to her character. Despite the insanely busy plot, some parts of the book dragged.

Aug 24, 2012
  • meldaravaniel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really like Jasper Fforde's books. I appreciated the Shakespeare references and I always like trying to figure out how he'll end up making it seem as though the way books are now is because Thursday stepped through them and changed them.

May 14, 2012
  • tocch101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A good read and a nice way to continue the story. I'll continue to read this great author.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Overlong, detailed to the point of distraction-- and ultimately, without a major resolution."

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