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Jasper Fforde's first novel was last year's surprise hit. The Eyre Affair was a conglomeration of SF and low comedy, all mixed with a post modern literary conceit that grabbed the imagination and thrust us into Thursday Next's alternate Britain, where literary detectives track down forgeries, and Richard III plays to Rocky Horror audiences, and secret organisations battle crime and cheese smuggling.

But was it just a one shot wonder? Or was there a new Robert Rankin on the streets? The arrival of Lost In A Good Book put paid to the fears - this was no flash in the pan. And, if anything, this second book is better than the first.

Thursday Next is happily married to Landen, but the events of The Eyre Affair are still catching up with her. The Goliath Corporation wants its man back (she's trapped him in "The Raven"), she seems to be on trial (in Kafka's "The Trial", no less) for her new ending to Jane Eyre, and someone is trying to kill her with coincidences. And when Landen is erased from history, she needs to find out just what is happening - especially as it appears to mean the end of the world.

With the same mix of literary jokes and puns as The Eyre Affair this is a quick and easy read - and it's one you're unlikely to want to put down until you get to the very last page (and the advert for the next volume in the series...). Fforde writes with tongue firmly in cheek (with plenty of little jokes for the observant reader), and with a certain flair that is very difficult to describe.

Still, this is one time you can quite literally get Lost In A Good Book...


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Jul. 23rd, 2002 09:25 pm (UTC)
It's out? it's out!!
Yes! I *loved* Eyre Affair ... just ask almost anyone I know! wonderful book. And now, the sequel!! I've been looking forward to plunging back into that universe! - Susan

(P.S.: Have you tried the turn-in-your-neighbors portion of the secret police Web site? great fun!)
Jul. 24th, 2002 01:39 am (UTC)
Eyre Affair
We did get a copy of the Eyre affair for DiverseBooks.com and I think it went to StevieGamble ace reviewer and possibly the most "literary" of our reviewers. I think she has been rather ill though and not keeping up with the heavy reviewing workload I offer her. I didn't get the impression that it was that funny... I'll see if I can get it back off her to read sometime.
Jul. 24th, 2002 04:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's great... I picked up a copy in Copenhagen railway station and reqlly enjoyed it. Is the first one still around?
Jul. 24th, 2002 04:10 am (UTC)
Yes, it's got a reprint with a new cover.
Jul. 24th, 2002 04:14 am (UTC)
Jasper Fforde's 'certain flair'
I think this is one of those 'your mileage may vary' things, although I'm definitely in a minority in thinking that The Eyre Affair had good bits which made the whole even more disappointing. I was trying to find my earlier posting on this to adela_terrell to link to, but I can't track it down.

But I thought his second book will be better and I do want to read it to find out.
Jul. 24th, 2002 09:09 am (UTC)
Bother, Eyre Affair is only out in hard cover on this side of the pond. and the sequel isn't due until March 2003. :-( Maybe I'll pick them up when I'm over next spring... if I remember.F
Jul. 24th, 2002 09:47 am (UTC)
Re: Fforde
We can always bring copies over...
Jul. 24th, 2002 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Fforde
Try your local library, or inter-library loan ... that's how I ran across Eyre Affair to start with!
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