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!

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