Thursday Next in Something Rotten

Thursday Next in Something Rotten

Book - 2004
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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.

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2004
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ISBN: 9780670033591
0670033596
Branch Call Number: F FFO
Characteristics: xix, 385 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Something Rotten

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ssurles55
Sep 09, 2017

The most orginial set of books since Harry Potter. Love them!

FindingJane Apr 24, 2015

It’s nothing less than the end of the world—again. Thursday Next is back in another fantastical jaunt. Mr. Fforde’s fertile imagination keeps the reader guessing as we are assailed with fictional dinosaurs and politicians, irritable dodoes, a roguish saint with an astonishing accuracy at predictions, a slapstick-fixated Cretan monster and a dithering Danish prince. Oh, and there is cake. Lots and lots of cake.

Mr. Fforde’s previous novel suffered somewhat from preciousness and a too, too solid love of literary shenanigans. But this book gets us firmly back on track (more or less) in the real world, one in which politicians engage in admirable double speak and evasion and croquet matches may be won or lost in legalities as well as on the playing fields. It’s an audacious satire that hearkens to Swift or Voltaire but never loses its comedic edge. Just when you think things may get too dire, there are banana peels and falling pianos.

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jkovacs
Sep 12, 2014

I enjoyed this book very much. The more I read of Thursday Next the more I like the series. I like that there were some resolutions to the story line and I am curious to see what happens next.

bwortman Sep 05, 2013

The fourth Thursday Next book holds all of the charm, ridiculousness, literary references, and mad frantic plotting that I've come to expect from these books. Thursday continues to grow as a character, particularly in her new role as mother. Many of the literary jokes this time around are Shakespearean with many pointed at Hamlet and they cracked me up many times (occasionally awkwardly while riding the bus). The narrative, like the previous books, does feel a bit episodic for a fair chunk of the novel but then builds to a quick-paced conclusion. Just as enjoyable as I wanted it to be.

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MarindaMisra
Jul 09, 2013

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.

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meldaravaniel
Aug 24, 2012

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.

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tocch101
May 14, 2012

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

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LazyNeko
Oct 31, 2011

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.

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LazyNeko
Oct 31, 2011

"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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