The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book did sound so up my alley and I’m a bit worried because it is a very busy book , so maybe it wasn’t the right book to start in a very active holiday. I’m hoping my rating is fair.
I found it very hard to get into the start -as I said busy. It reminded me of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts but the style was much colder – I just couldn’t warm to any of the characters at all. That did make it a struggle for me to keep going with the read.
However, Every time I would consider giving up there would be another witticism
“I was in ’78 recently,” he announced. “I brought you this.”
He handed me a single by the Beatles. I didn’t recognize the title.
“Didn’t they split in ’70?”
“Not always. How are things?”
or some lines that were laugh out loud funny;
“Can’t we wait for the Chronoguard?”
“They’d never get here in time. It’s easy. A lobotomised monkey could do it.”
“And where are we going to get a lobotomised monkey at this time of night”
The wild and uncertain tone of the book improved for me at around 64% – although I didn’t really like the ending.
So it was a real mixed bag and I may have to read another Fforde to decide if I like his style or not.
A bonus review!
Read December 2018
The Locked Room Mystery
I spent a lot more time trying to find a place to post this review than I did reading this short, short story.
Light, frothy & fun. I doubt I will remember anything about it in a week.
This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy reading it (I did) or that I won’t try something else by Fforde (I will)
And, in fact, I did!