Friday, January 17, 2014

The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair is the first novel in the adult whimsical fantasy mystery Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde.

Oh my gosh! Have you read this? As a bibliophile it is a MUST!

Picture this: a bizarre alternate version of 1985 Great Britain when the Crimean War is ongoing, time-travel is ordinary, dodo birds are the most popular pet, and literature is taken very seriously.

Thursday Next is a Special Operative in Literary Detection, keeping an eye on counterfeit novels and the like. England believes that falsifying a Byronic verse is punishable by law and brawls are started over whether or not Shakespeare actually wrote all those plays.

But when an original manuscript of a Charles Dickens book is stolen without any kind of video or camera image, Thursday has started her most dangerous investigation yet. Bloodthirsty and loving the horror he causes, this new villain is beginning to commit literary murder!

And now, somehow, he has pulled Jane right out of Jane Eyre and Thursday must stop him before it’s too late and the classic has been destroyed forever!

The Eyre Affair was definitely as awesome as it sounds – actually more so!

The casual time-travel and drastically distinctive noir bookish environment drew me in immediately! Not to mention the wacky yet intelligent humor! Here even names tickled me! Paige Turner? Really?! Love it!

A crazy, homicidal maniac on the loose, top-secret departments of the government, unusual animals that aren’t so unusual and a bevy of locations named after something of a literature manner – who can ask for more?

I found The Eyre Affair to be filled with truly brilliant concepts, names, and a suspenseful, genuine cast that makes you care among the madness! I adored Thursday’s eccentric family, the hard-boiled detection vibe, and the true book-loving feel.

Amidst all the rest, The Eyre Affair was a quirky, fun distraction with a comically terrible villain who is hilarious yet is still creepy, ingenious wordplay, and a mixture of so much astonishing creativity that I was honestly stunned I hadn’t heard of this book before!

Happily, this is a series. Unhappily, that means I need to save up more money. But it is an outstanding, amusingly clever jewel in the sand!!!

Surreal, indeed!

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