Shelves: series , alternate-reality , highly-suggested , fantasy , humor , satire , kick-ass-heroines , time-travel , europe , metafiction Have you started the Thursday Next series yet? If not, put the first book The Eyre Affair on your short list. This is one of my favorite series and Something Rotten is easily the best book in the series thus far. How can a book this hilarious make me weep like a heartbroken teenager at the end? I laughed, I cried - I was nearly institutionalized because of the Fforde-induced bipolar syndrome this book caused. Hamlet various classic fiction characters make grand entrances in all Have you started the Thursday Next series yet?
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Plot introduction[ edit ] The book sees Thursday return from the world of fiction to the alternative Swindon that Fforde introduced in The Eyre Affair ; she is accompanied by Hamlet, Prince of Denmark , whose excursion from the world of fiction with Thursday forms the main sub-plot. The title is taken from Hamlet I. Plot summary[ edit ] The story opens with Thursday still in the world of fiction in her job as the Bellman, head of the literary police force Jurisfiction. She is still hunting the Minotaur that escaped in the last book; she is tiring of fiction, however, and longs to return to her own world and get back her husband Landen, who was removed from time by the evil Goliath Corporation in Thursday and Friday return to her mother Wednesday in Swindon, with Hamlet who is accompanying them on an excursion to the "Outland" to find out what people in the real world think of him.
Her mother, whose main functions appear to be to make tea and to provide Battenberg cake, has some curious house guests: Emma Hamilton , Otto von Bismarck , and a family of dodos.
Despite her earlier transgressions that caused her to flee to the Bookworld in the first place, Thursday gets her job back at SpecOps as a Literary Detective and catches up with her old colleagues. As Prime Minister, Kaine wields some mysterious persuasive influence over Parliament and the people, and has used it to pass some bizarre laws and to stir up hatred of Denmark.
On top of this, she is visited by tearful agents from the Bookworld Mrs. Meanwhile, her most pressing problem is finding reliable childcare for Friday. Goliath Corporation have decided to become the new world religion to avoid a prophecy the prophecy states that the Goliath Corporation will fall; Goliath believes that converting itself into a religion will exempt it from destruction, as the prophecy specifies a business.
Thursday meets the CEO—at their headquarters in the Isle of Man —and gets a promise that they will un-eradicate Landen in exchange for her forgiveness.
Thursday feels duped when she finds that, through some form of mind control, she has formally forgiven them, even though there is no sign of her husband.
Then suddenly he is back, but takes a while to stabilise. Thursday must wait patiently for his un-eradication to "stick". In the meantime, she embarks on several seemingly impossible tasks, which include smuggling ten truckloads of banned Danish literature into Wales, tracking down an illegal clone of William Shakespeare, and teaching Friday to speak properly. On top of all of this, Thursday still has to help the Swindon Mallets win the Croquet Superhoop final to thwart Kaine and Goliath and avoid the impending end of the world as foretold by the aforementioned prophecy.
She succeeds but not without a near-death experience and a visit to the gateway to the Underworld which turns out to be a planned-but-never-built service station on the M4 motorway. The final chapters contain some curious time paradoxes in which Thursday finds that she has met herself at several other stages in her own lifespan, including one character which had seemed to be an independent character.
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This is coming out on the 26th July in the UK and the 9th August in the USA, thus giving me time for two weeks in both territories. For tour details, click HERE. Yorrick Kaine has seized power, Goliath are threatening to change to a faith-based corporate management system, and the winning of the World Croquet League SuperHoop as foretold in the Seventh Revealment of St Zvlkx is inextricably linked to the fall of Kaine and Goliath. USA edition is hardback, same format as the previous publications. The blurb for the UK edition goes like this:. I have watched Grammasites in flight over the pleasure domes of Xanadu, cantered bareback on unicorns through the leafy forests of Zenobia and played chess with Ozymandias, the King of Kings.