The first installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series of Thursday Next novels introduces literary detective Thursday Next and. I read a scrappy, dog-eared paperback of Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair for the first time three years ago, curled up outdoors under a large tree. Surreal and hilariously funny, this alternate history, the debut novel of British author Fforde, will appeal to lovers of zany genre work (think Douglas Adams) and.

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Suspenseful and outlandish, absorbing teh fun – a novel unlike any other and ere introduction to the imagination of a most distinctive writer and his singular fictional universe. Great Britain circa Baconians are trying to convince the w Suspenseful and outlandish, absorbing and fun – a novel unlike any other and an introduction to the imagination of a most distinctive writer and his singular fictional universe.

Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to thw real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police.

Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume eyrre the novel ever printed! But that’s just a prelude. Hades’ real target is the beloved Jane Eyre, and it’s not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte’s novel.

She’s the Special Operative’s renowned literary detective, and she drives a Porsche. With the help of her uncle Mycroft’s Prose Portal, Thursday enters the novel to rescue Gforde Eyre from this heinous act of literary homicide. It’s tricky business, all these interlopers running about Thornfield, and deceptions run rampant as their paths cross with Jane, Rochester, and Miss Fairfax. Can Thursday jas;er Jane Eyre and Bronte’s masterpiece?

And what of the Crimean War? Will it ever end? And what about those annoying black holes that pop up now and again, sucking things into time-space voids. Suspenseful and outlandish, absorbing and fun, The Eyre Affair is a caper unlike any other and an introduction to the imagination of a most distinctive writer and his singular fictional universe. Paperbackpages.

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I found this here on goodreads and wonder if I should put this one on my christmas-wishlist, it sounds a bit like Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Walter Moers – so I’m guessing it’s either something unoriginal or something I would totally enjoy Should I give it a try? Jo Lonergan Unoriginal is the last word I’d use to describe this book: Does anyone know why there is no Chapter 13 in The Eyre Affair? Tforde listed in the table of contents, but we immediately go from chapter 12 to chapter Emma None of the author’s books have a chapter On his website JF says the following on chapter 13 of book 1: My thanks to Ben for this information.


Oh, you want to know why it’s in the list of chapters? Well, I don’t know for sure, but I suspect the word ‘boojumed’ to be relevant here. See all 7 questions about The Eyre Affair…. Lists with This Book. I read this years ago, I think it was back around or so.

I remember liking the book fairly well, even though I’d never read Jane Eyre, and a modest part of the book’s plot touches on that story.

But I also remember being irritated at the book. Something made me bristle when I read it. Some elements of the storytelling rubbed me the wrong way.

I remember talking to the person who recommended the book to me. I held it book up and said, rather disdainfully.

And as soon as she said that, I liked the book more. Thinking back, this memory disturbs me. And not only because it revealed a disturbing tendency towards the bullshit hipster I-only-like-things-nobody-else-likes mindset. Worse than that, I think it shows that I was getting a bit twisted up inside because of my inability to get my book published.

You see, by the time rolled around, I’d been working on The Name of the Wind for about 11 years. And it wasn’t going so well. It was going well because I was on the road to being the published author I am today. But I didn’t know that in I was twisted up enough inside that even the perceived success of a book was enough to make it unpalatable to me. Which is a real shame, because jump forward to now, and I’ve been listening to the series as an audiobook and enjoying it immensely.

It’s well written and quickly paced. There’s both humor and wit in ample supply. And the world is a delightfully tounge-in-cheek wish fulfillment alternate earth where the entire populace is passionately engaged in literature.

There are museums dedicated to authors, political parties court the Chaucer block of voters, and Baconians go door to door, trying to convert people to their philosophy: If you’re a recovering English major, or if you’re just well read, odds are you’re going to enjoy this book. Ditto if you’re a writer View all 15 comments. Sep 25, Jojo rated it did not like it.

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Fabulous idea, terrible execution. I was going to give it one more star than I gave that because it’s not quite as badly written. But I changed my mind because the more I think about it, the more I didn’t like it. It was so smug and cutesy and in need of better editing. And it would have been better served by not being written in I had the same feeling after reading this as I had after reading The Looking Glass Wars.


And it would have been better served by not being written in first person, especially since it kept slipping into other people’s heads when it should have been in Thursday’s. Also, Thursday is really boring and doesn’t have an interesting voice, and I didn’t care about her at all ffodre, ick, that moment where she gets out her mirror and contemplates her looks.

The Eyre Affair : Thursday Next Book 1

The same goes for most of the other characters. The only one I really liked was Thursday’s father, and he barely had anything to do with anything. Villains are only interesting if they’re something beyond mwahahaa so evil. And it was just a mess. So much random crap was going on that seemed to have nothing to do with anything.

And I could have lived without the “romance” which was just yawningly boring and tacked on. I wanted to stab my brain affir having to read some of those awful names. Most people seem to adore this book and the rest of the series, but I thought it affaair pretty terrible. Maybe the writing gets better in later books, but I don’t think I’ll give them a chance.

View all 26 comments. Jan 07, James rated it really liked it Shelves: This book may describe my perfect job goal: How amazing would that be? Awesome kick start to this series I read the first 4 then started to get a little disenchanted, but I’ll go back one day!

All book lovers need to give this first one a chance — you’ll undoubtedly love and hate parts of it!

The Eyre Affair

View all 12 comments. Apr 22, J. Sutton rated it it was amazing. The premise of the eure is that original manuscripts can be stolen and then changed, not just that manuscript, but all jassper of say, Jane Eyre. Thus, these original manuscripts are viewed as absolute treasures. There are also literary portals which intersect with the ‘real world’ which make it possible to change what happens in our favorite novel. And there’s also time travel. And an alternate history which skews how we view this reality about 80 or 90 degrees.

In Fforde’s novel, our heroine, Thursday Next, tracks down a master criminal, a manuscript and interacts with the characters of Jane Eyre. However, the story unabashedly takes a jaspre to literary puns and allusions and simple craziness. The world Fforde has created, a world affsir obsessed by books and with direct access to books, is a world book lovers will want to live in!

Sitting down with Jasper Fforde for fried rice, eggrolls and great discussion during a break at the Casper Humanities Festival!! View all 9 comments.