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The Sudoku Code gI read this years ago I think it was back around 2005 or so I remember liking the book fairly well even though I d never read Jane Eyre and a modest part of the book s plot touches on that story But I also remember being irritated at the book Something made me bristle when I read it Some elements of the storytelling rubbed me the wrong way I remember talking to the person who recommended the book to me I held it book up and said rather disdainfully This is probably really popular isn t it My friend who worked in a bookstore said that no actually it wasn t all that popular And as soon as she said that I liked the book Thinking back this memory disturbs me And not only because it revealed a disturbing tendency towards the bullshit hipster I only like things nobody else likes mindset Worse than that I think it shows that I wasetting a bit twisted up inside because of my inability to The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body get my book published You see by the time 2005 rolled around I d been working on The Name of the Wind for about 11 years 3 of those years I d had an agent and had been really really trying toet published And it wasn t Silver in the Wood going so well Well actually that s not true It wasoing well because I was on the road to being the published author I am today But I didn t know that in 2005 Back then all I knew is that I wasn t published yet and because of that I was etting a little bitter Well to be fair I was probably than a little bitter I was twisted up enough inside that even the perceived success of a book was enough to make it unpalatable to me Which is a real shame because jump forward to now and I ve been listening to the series as an audiobook and enjoying it immensely It s well written and uickly paced There s both humor and wit in ample supply And the world is a delightfully tounge in cheek wish fulfillment alternate earth where the entire populace is passionately engaged in literature There are museums dedicated to authors political parties court the Chaucer block of voters and Baconians o door to door trying to convert people to their philosophy namely that Fredrick Bacon is the man who actually penned the plays credited to Shakespeare Short version If you re a recovering English major or if you re just well read odds are you re oing to enjoy this book Ditto if you re a writer provided you re not the sort of twisted up bitter type of writer I was back in 2005 Hardly an author has styled the parallel universe tropes with breaking the wall elements to such perfection as Ffjorde didThe integration of living literature in a parallel universe as a plot device is ingenious and a potentially endless source of innuendos connotations and options for and similar novels Imagine the same with video ames movies or all mixed and it could The Second Cure get big uick depending on the main inspiration and idea of the chosenenres and works I ve rarely ever chosen such a comparison but I would name similarities to Adams Pratchett Robbins and some others because of the humor character development and uniueness It s really tricky to et an emotion out of me But This Amazing Series Did It Several TimesIt S An this amazing series did it several timesIt s an piece of literature a true crossover hybrid that dances at many weddings integrates steals persiflages and makes me wonder why its uality is controversial I see very much cherrypicking regarding the often average character and plot development of comedy and fast told stories that are necessary and essential for telling such a piece of literature It smells for me like an aversion against too progressive unconventional writing style because I could hardly name a series that had both such a reat idea realization and universal acclaimed The Sorcerer's Apprentice greatness by everyone I recommended it too If we start bashing each author who dares to explore completely new land of storytelling withoutetting artistic boring Nobel pricy and bad but instead keeps using the rules of the telling Eagle's Gate game in a brilliant new setting many ideas willet lost It shocked me to hear how long it took Ffjorde to et published and I think that many of the reasons #for it lie in this rievance in the tendency to troll # it lie in this rievance in the tendency to troll creativity because it s too unfamiliar and strange to readTo make it clear I don t mean people who just can t et warm with his writing style what is a uestion of taste and personal preferences and completely ok I am avoiding many Who Is Muhammad Ali? genres tooI am referring to people who rate veryood but stereotypical and always the same telling as usual high and are against progressive endeavours Or the extreme other side who love and read much high brow so called literature that is often trash in my eyes but bash popular fiction because of its predictability popularity and stereotypes or if this is not the case as in this case because it s different Nothing to talk about in academic circles but something out of #the line they can t and don t want to understand Both roups are enemies of #line they can t and don t want to understand Both roups are enemies of progressive authors and it s uite a shame that they instead of staying in their own territory and not poaching in foreign lands try out new things and don t realize that their problems with the writing could be related to them and their subjective conditioning and thereby aversion and not a fault of an author It s so clear if someone interested in character based 3 setting novels reads Hard Sci Fi space operas and vice versa shehe won t be happy with it and don t like it because it s not their thing but in this case the own reading preferences seem to have been forgotten It s like listening to music one hates and saying that the artist is bad etcThis first part of this series has the only problem of info dumping and explaining the world a bit too much instead of directly jumping into action but that s a widespread issueTropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes work. Great Britain circa 1985 time travel is routine cloning is a reality dodos are the resurrected pet of choice and literature is taken very very seriously Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists and thousands of men are named John Milton an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police Amidst all this Acheron Hades Third Most Wanted Man In the World steals the original manuscript of Mar. ,

The Eyre AffairHad after reading The Looking Glass Wars Fabulous idea terrible execution I was oing to ive it one star than I ave that because it s not uite as badly written And I liked the idea of door to door Baconians and Rocky Horrorized Richard III But I changed my mind because the I think about it the I didn t like itIt was so smug and cutesy and in need of better editing And it would have been better served by not being written in first person especially since it kept slipping into other people s heads when it should have been in Thursday s Also Thursday is really boring and doesn t have an interesting voice and I didn t care about her at all and ick that moment where she ets out her mirror and contemplates her looks The same A Secret Kept goes for most of the other characters The only one I really liked was Thursday s father and he barely had anything to do with anything And the villain How utterly boring Villains are only interesting if they re something beyond mwahahaa so evilAnd it was just a mess So much random crap wasoing on that seemed to have nothing to do with anything And I could have lived without the romance which was just yawningly boring and tacked on And the names Ugh I wanted to stab my brain out having to read some of those awful names Most people seem to adore this book and the rest of the series but I thought it was pretty terrible Maybe the writing ets better in later books but I don t think I ll ive them a chanceVery disappointing Really enjoyed the inventiveness of Jasper Fforde s The Eyre Affair The premise of the story is that original manuscripts can be stolen and then changed not just that manuscript but all copies of say Jane Eyre Thus these original manuscripts are viewed as absolute treasures There are also literary portals which intersect with the real world which make it possible to change what happens in our favorite novel And there s also time travel And an alternate history which skews how we view this reality about 80 or 90 degrees In Fforde s novel our heroine Thursday Next tracks down a master criminal a manuscript and interacts with the characters of Jane Eyre H I ve been storing up some venom for this review so be preparedFirst of all I want to unleash my fury on whoever in the Rory Gil Book Club suggested this book as February s pick To o from such a brilliant read as Jane Eyre to this was frustrating to say the least It highlighted all the amateurish contrivances of Fforde s writing I rolled my eyes so many times in the first four chapters that I nearly ave myself a headache And no I m sure it doesn t et better after that that s just where I officially banished the book from my sightHere are my major problems with the part I read1 Okay you re enterting this alternate reality world where many things are similar but different from what we know As Fforde might assume that not all of his readers would be British or familiar with UK current eventshistory perhaps he could have iven us a little to Tricycle (HISTOIRE) go on so that the reader could appreciate the weirdness of this other world withoutoing Ummfrom the way that s said I m assuming that s not how it happened in real life2 Thursday Next Seriously Thursday Next That just screams I m writing a strong yet lovably flawed female umshoe destined to drag you through book after book of literary themed exploits Her character was so stereotypical I could have written it with my eyes closed3 The time travelling father4 If a book is written in first person and you really REALLY want "Us To Know What The Character Looks Like It Is "to know what the character looks like it is cliche to have her pull out a mirror and describe what She Sees Puh Lease5 sees Puh lease5 the clincher at the end of chapter four I think I wasn t paying all THAT much attention but the straw that made me put away the book for ood is that Fforde CLEVERLY I felt like the whole of the book was trying just a little too hard to be clever had Thursday narrate what had happened in her confrontation with her nemesis by putting her in an interrogation setting where she has to tell the police investigators and us conveniently what happened prior to her month long coma Okay that in and of itself prior to her month long coma Okay that in and of itself not so bad what kills me is when the only difference between what she says into the tape recorder and what she says in her narration of any other part of the book is the double uotation marks Seriously no one answers an investigator s uestion of So what happened next by saying What do you think you re doing I said It s time for me to make my exit he answered with a smile People write books like that They don t talk like that It was ridiculous Anyway I uess I wouldn t be so annoyed with this book except that it s supposed to be delightful for bibliophiles because it assumes all this familiarity with the classics yet anyone who had read said classics would inevitably chafe under the obvious inferiority of this freshman attempt This is so much fun I want to play too And as it happens I have a surprisingly ood opening So with the usual perfunctory apologies may I presentThe Meyre Affair a Thursday Next storyThe hardest part is telling them they re fictional After that the rest is usually easy Thursday Next A Life in SpecOpsI could start this story at any number of points but I will choose the moment when I knocked on Manny Rayner s front door Nothing happened so I knocked again He opened itThe rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts given for Goodreads policy reasons I loved this book when I first picked it up and rememberiggling the whole way through It was passed over to me by the Mum of all people We do not normally share the same taste in literature It has a charming irreverent take on well everything from literature to history It s set in an alternate reality where literature is if not kind at least very very significant. Se interlopers running about Thornfield and deceptions run rampant as their paths cross with Jane Rochester and Miss Fairfax Can Thursday save Jane Eyre and Bronte's masterpiece And what of the Crimean War Will it ever end And what about those annoying black holes that pop up now and again sucking things into time space voids Suspenseful and outlandish absorbing and fun The Eyre Affair is a caper unlike any other and an introduction to the imagination of a most distinctive writer and his singular fictional univers.

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S and Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind genres uniue This book may describe my perfect joboal to be able to enter a book and meet the characters ensuring they are following the author s original intentions and not on the loose due to some sort of villain How amazing would that be Awesome kick start to this series I read the first 4 then started to Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus get a little disenchanted but I llo back one day All book lovers need to Rudram in Tamil give this first one a chance you ll undoubtedly love and hate parts of it Have I become a jaded reader I sometimes catch myself muttering in the middle of a long series of yawns Haven t I read this plotcharactertechniue before Or when the author describes their setting I will lazily flip through my mental inventory of backdrops until sure enough I find an old one that it is aood enough fit to reuse Then Fforde comes along and throws the literary euivalent of a bucket of Arctic cold water in my face I found myself having to actually work to keep up with his creativity and humor It was one of those amazing reciprocal relationships where the other party s enthusiasm spurs you to try harder which encourages them to o further which forces you to run faster At the same time I was struck by how nonchalantly he presented the large and potentially confusing differences between our world and his I also appreciated the attention he ave to the nitty ritty level of his world There were details so small that if you blinked you d miss them As a result I found myself reading each sentence carefully word for word and taking the time to create mental images from scratch Here are some rough examples of what I ve come to expect when I read a ho hum book contrasted with the twists both small and large that Fforde introduced Example 1Expected Her name was Theresa NewtonReceived Her name was Thursday NextExample 2Expected Theresa took her dog for a walkReceived Thursday took her dodo for a walkExample 3Expected Theresa boarded the plane for a trip home Received Thursday boarded the airship for a trip homeExample 4Expected Theresa opened the book and sat down for a nice afternoon read Received Thursday opened her book and fell into its alternate reality for a few months Example 5Expected Theresa s dad stopped by the cafe and complained about her mom s indecision about which color to paint their bedroomReceived Thursday s dad stopped time to appear out of nowhere in the middle of the caf and complained about the new shade of red her mother would paint their bedroom in two weeks time which he saw when he visited the futureYou et the point I uess it all oes back to something I mentioned earlier the reciprocal relationship There are so many different layers to Fforde s world building And he allows his readers to engage as deeply or superficially as they prefer If you want to dive in Fforde has those hidden nuggets for you to enjoy Or if you want to invest your time just understanding the big points and push past the nuances you ll still come away satisfied I d personally recommend the all in approach Buddy read with Jessica Robin Catherine Kristi Asya and Tanya I apologize if I missed somebody in case I did please let me know and I will add you The book version of mid eighties England is a fine dystopian society The literature is a very serious business time travel is nothing of the ordinary which comes with all the fun and paradoxes and cloning works wonders making people s favorite pets out of these uysThe heroine Thursday Next is a special operative working for literary detection dealing with such heinous crimes as forging of a poem of a classic theft of highly valued original manuscripts and copyright violations What started as fairly unremarkable theft of an original Dickens manuscript turned out to be a work of a criminal mastermind who reminded me of a cross between Lord Voldemort and criminal mastermind who reminded me of a cross between Lord Voldemort and Evil from Austin Powers movies who will stop at nothing to show the world how evil he is I will ive a hint when it comes to being evil he makes Darth Vader look like a daycare thug Thursday soon learns that Lost in a Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION good book is than just a nice sayingThe only reason I rated this book with 3 stars instead of 2 is the discussion with my buddy readers which turned out to bereat fun There were some amusing parts and references with I would miss had I read this book by my lonely self As I mentioned there were enough amusing moments in the book to ualify it as belonging to humor enre Unfortunately it was not my type of humor I always found myself unable to laugh at the situations where innocent bystanders are etting killed in amusing ways by the villains while the noble heroes are protected by the plot armor It is all fun and ames unless you happened to be that bystander I found the character of Thursday Next to be uite shallow I learned that she suffers from PSD she is a veteran of Crimea War in the book England is still at war with Russia over Crimea which took place between 1853 and 1856 in reality Ask #me to name something else about Thursday and I will be at complete loss I mentioned amusing moments # to name something else about Thursday and I will be at complete loss I mentioned amusing moments are unfortunately not too noticeable between author s self admiration of how clever his writing is and countless uses of deux ex machina The latter was used so freely and often that I could not see the point of the novel until the second half of it I do admit that some of the complaints I made are related to the fact that this is not my kind of book and I understand people who ave it 5 stars I also admit that I have not read Jane Eyre please don t hurt me and this fact also diminished my enjoyment of it At least it made me read the plot summary of the classic I mentioned This is "a ood thing right RightIn the conclusion I would like to thank "good thing right RightIn the conclusion I would like to thank buddy readers who made the read much pleasant experience Thank you I had the same feeling after reading this as Tin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed But that's just a prelude Hades' real target is the beloved Jane Eyre and it's not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte's novel Enter Thursday Next She's the Special Operative's renowned literary detective and she drives a Porsche With the help of her uncle Mycroft's Prose Portal Thursday enters the novel to rescue Jane Eyre from this heinous act of literary homicide It's tricky business all the.

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