Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde

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Good morning, book lovers! So it’s time for my review of the fourth Thursday Next book. I’m not quite sure my brain it up to the task, but I’ll try.

 

BUT REMEMBER THERE ARE SPOILERS HERE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST THREE BOOKS, MMMKAY? KAY.

Somehow, it’s been over a year since I read the third book, The Well of Lost Plots! Honestly, don’t know how I went that long in between books. So let’s just say that I remembered that Thursday was still in Bookworld, and her hubby Landen was still non-existent because he had been eradicated, and she was chasing some book characters who apparently ended up escaping into the real world.

Something Rotten starts off with Thursday getting a bit frustrated with Bookworld and realizing that she needs to go home, try to un-eradicate her husband, and catch Yorrick Kaine – the escaped book characters that’s been making waves in the real world as a politician. So she takes a long leave-of-absence from Jurisfiction, grabs her two-year old son Friday, and heads back to reality.

There was a LOT to like about this book, and I read it pretty quickly. I liked seeing Thursday struggle with fictional character baddies, a husband that doesn’t exist, a hitwoman out to get her, Shakespeare clones, and more – and all while now being a mom. I like that being a mom doesn’t diminish Thursday’s awesomeness or adventures any – Friday is just one more thing she has to take care of in her hectic, weird life.

Once again, after finishing this book I had a weird dream – something about me being trapped with other people in a big store of some kind and black, shiny, hard-looking spiders and lizards that were WAY over-sized were crawling around trying to attack us, and none of my long-range weapons or machetes were around. It was weird, I didn’t sleep well that night.

Also, there were a few quotes I liked and wrote down, but I think this one (spoken by Hamlet himself who’s experiencing the real world for the first time) is my favorite:

“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.”

Which sounds pretty true, but I agree with Thursday’s response – that maybe we like it that way. I have the 5th Thursday Next book (although from what I understand, it’s the start of a separate Thursday Next series or storyline…?) on it’s way to me from Paperbackswap, and this time I’m not going to let a whole year go by before I read it.

Sarah Says: 4 stars

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10 comments

  1. Yes, the next is the beginning of the second series. I think they keep getting better from here. Each time I finish one, I think “Nope. THAT’S my new favourite!”

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    1. Awesome. They’re such fun books, but it’s so much weirdness and abstract thinking for my brain to take in all at once, and I have a little recovery period before I read the next one, and then I’m blown away ALL OVER AGAIN by how good these books are.

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  2. “I like that being a mom doesn’t diminish Thursday’s awesomeness or adventures any – Friday is just one more thing she has to take care of in her hectic, weird life.” I LOVE this about Thursday. Pretty much I love everything about Thursday. And you’re making me want to re-read the series.

    I didn’t think Thursday Next: First Among Sequels was a new series. Unless I missed something.

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    1. Wikipedia says that First Among Sequels starts a “new 4-part Nextian storyline”, so I guess it’s still the Thursday Next series but there’s a gap of time or a different storyline or something? Idk why they consider the first 4 books separate from the newer ones. Apparently that’s specifically why Fforde wanted the title “First Among Sequels”, even though the publisher didn’t like it. (Again, according to Wikipedia… so it could be wrong.)

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      1. Huh, the more you know. I guess I never noticed it was really a different storyline with either this book or One of Our Thursdays Is Missing. But odds are it’s a very obvious break and I just missed it because I was so excited for more Thursday

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      2. Lol. It probably doesn’t really make much of a difference, I think it was something I read a while back when I was reading Fforde stuff on Wikipedia and was kind of confused by it.

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