Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde has to be one of the most interesting and elaborate books I've ever read. The characters are well thought out, the plot is interesting and very detailed, and the book doesn't lack in very exciting moments for the reader. There is literately something for everyone in this.

Let's start with the plot. Thursday Next is the main character and she happens to be a very kick-butt sort of female. She shoots first and asks questions later. She is a literary detective and takes care of all of the books in England. She solves mysteries on copyright, reproduction, overcharging of materials, and she carries a gun. At first, she thinks a robbery she is called to is a standard crime, something easily solvable, but it turns out that the sinister plot runs deeper. She is asked to be apart of another division and she readily accepts due to the fact that being a literary detective can be boring. This decision leads her on a whirlwind chase of a master criminal who she may or may not have had an affair with in the past. Throughout the book there is time travel, kidnapping of characters from books, changes made to literary works, and a slight romance. There are also gun fights, violence, hospital stays and various other types of talks of politics and war. This book takes place in our time, but is not of our time. There is so much going on here you have to really pay attention to the details.

The characters, and there are alot of them, are well thought out and wonderful. They are named perfectly and you can tell the author took time to get this book just right. I'm not sure the author thought there would be a second book in the series as the ending wraps up very nicely.

I enjoyed this book immensely. The woman who narrated the audio book (yes, I'm still reading in my car) has a wonderful voice and is able to do many many characters while keeping the storyline going.

If you enjoy mysteries, action, science fiction, literature, or political, this is the book for you!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Great Expectations: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

There are some books you put on your list of books to read that you just never get around to. This is one of them, for me at least. I saw the cover of this book and was really intrigued by it. I love Jane Eyre and the fact that she is an independent woman who chooses what she wants and who she wants to be with has always struck a cord with me. I think that is why the Eyre Affair has been on my list for 6 years.

From what I gather, Jane is kidnapped out of her book. The main character, Thursday Next, a literary detective, has to find her and put her back in her proper place. Thursday, incidentally, is also a strong female character.

Since I have waited so long to read this, I hope I find it interesting and well worth the wait. If not, I supposed I will have to be content with reading the first in the series and giving up on the rest. I usually only get 3 books into a series anyway before I lose interest. There are only so many times the same thing can happen in a book.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Airhead and Being Nikki

Meg Cabot is brilliant. I know it's wrong to gush about authors and books, but I am such a HUGE fan and this series does not disappoint.

Em Watts is a (sort of) regular teenage girl. She considers herself to be a feminist, she fights the good fight for the environment and is against big business. She hates Stark, the big corporate mega store. Nikki Howard is a 16 year old supermodel with perfect hair and long legs. She happens to be the spokes model for Stark. During a Stark Mega-store opening, which Em's sister Freida has to attend, Em is killed by a giant flat-screen television that falls on her. At the exact same time, Nikki suffers a brain disorder and is killed instantly. Stark, not wanting to lose a great model, transfers Em's brain into Nikki's body. Unfortunately, Em now has to do a lot of things she hates, like model. She also gets all the perks like a cool loft in Manhattan, a crazy roommate, and a built-in boyfriend. Em has to adjust to everything in her life, including friends, family and her own viewpoints about the world to accommodate her new body. The second book has a great plot that turns into a mystery when Nikki's brother comes to town and Em finds out Nikki's mother is missing and has been for months.

Meg Cabot seems to also have something to say about the way consumerism and industry has worked over the past few years. She makes sly comments about capitalism and sometimes you can hear her views on how big business effects small town life. Meg definitely has a point of view on this and is able to express that in a fun and interesting way. You may not agree with her on this, and that's okay because she doesn't ram it down your throat.

Overall, this is a great series and I will be reading Runaway, as soon as a copy gets turned back into the library. Sometimes, it's difficult to wait.