The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
I don’t really know how to explain this book. It’s set in an alternate (parallel?) universe where people clone dodo birds for pets and time vortex(es)- what’s the plural of vortex? vorti?- appear randomly. We follow our main character Thursday Next who is a (for lack of a better word) secret agent dealing with literary crimes. After a very important book is stolen, she learns of a criminal mastermind set on destroying everyone’s favorite stories. I mean, are you hooked yet?!
At first I found this story rather confusing given that there are a bunch of weird things which to the characters are totally normal but are never really explained for the reader. I think you just have to accept that this is the way things are and leave it at that. This is a weird quirky book but it’s just so much fun. It’s also technically a mystery book but I feel like it’s more of an adventure (go chase the bad guy) kind of book. Also I think there was a bunch of political stuff that kind of just went over the top of my head.
I really appreciated the lack of adult content in this book. All the characters are adults doing adult things and even when there is a relationship, it all stays remarkably PG.
I loved the ending of the book even though it does set it up for the next one but I didn’t feel like this story didn’t end (it definitely did) but now I want to read more (thank goodness the next one is already out)
Yeah, just a fun clean, weird and entertaining book about literature and time travel and an evil villain that you somehow almost like (yet also want to die?). Oh, and a genius absentminded uncle who accidentally makes a giant weapon. It’s all so great. Go get a cup of tea (did I mention how British this book is?) and read this book.
I should also mention that this book draws heavily from literature (specifically Jane Eyre) which might be a little confusing if you haven’t read the books it refers to.
#15 of 2018