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The Eyre affair : a novel
Jasper Fforde
Adult Fiction FFORDE

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Champlin Library Staff said:
The term "genrebending" was invented for this delightful book! In an alternate 1980s England, literature is the main component of popular culture, writers are idolized (people change their names to that of their favorite writer), and it is possible for fictional characters and the real world to interact. When a villain threatens to hold great works of literature hostage, it is up to Thursday Next to save the day! At once a mystery, brilliant work of science fiction, and a love letter to literature, The Eyre Affair is a completely unique, howlingly funny book.
posted Aug 29, 2014 at 3:22PM
Avatar for Plymouth Library Plymouth Library said:
I don't like postmodern, highly metatextual novels. The occasional lampshade* is fine, but yell at me "This is a novel! See how this is a novel!" can get grating. However, there are always exceptions, and this book marks a great exception. Follow Thursday Next, a SpecOps officer in a world that is close, but not quite, entirely unlike ours, as she maintains the intengrity of great literature and thwarts the evil Archades Hades. Hades has gotten his hands on the Prose Portal (and Thursday's aunt and uncle) and is threatning to go into novels and start killing main characters if people do not bow to his demands. Will Jane Eyre be safe? Is the Prose Portal safe in anyone's hands? And should England still be fighting Russia in the Crimera? Read to find out. Fans of literature and history will find the in-jokes hilarious. Keep a sharp watch for fun Easter eggs!** *http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LampshadeHanging **http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EasterEgg
posted Apr 28, 2014 at 9:16AM
Avatar for Marsap Marsap said:
The Eyre Affair opens in an alternative universe--Great Britain in 1985, where England has been at war with Russia over the Crimea for 130 years, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality and literature is taken very seriously. 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 of the novel ever printed! Enter Thursday Next. She's the Special Ops literary detective, who pursues literary crimes such as forgery, plagiarism, manuscript theft, and the abuse of literary characters. Thursday is put in charge of the investigation, but soon Jane Eyre and Rochester are also involved in the adventure—literally! Usually I love the alternative history, time travel and fantasy genres—but I found this novel to drag on. So much of the book deals with the “set up” of Thursday’s world that I felt that the plot was somewhat thin. However, the end of the book does move along more quickly—and is more satisfying. A 3 out of 5 stars.
posted Apr 17, 2013 at 11:45AM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Thursday Next is a hard-headed, soft-hearted woman living in Swindon in an alternate England circa the 1980s. She is a veteran of the hundred-year Crimean War. Her pet, Pickwick, is an early model clone of a dodo bird. Her job involves hunting down criminals who, in this literature-obsessed version of England where citizens take their reading very seriously, can go to jail for forging Shakespearean verse. For a bit of extra cash, Thursday helps destroy the occasional vampire or ghoul. Then, just as Thursday has finally decided to win back her long-lost love Landon Park-Lane, things begin to get interesting. Her uncle Mycroft’s new invention, a Prose Portal that can transport readers into the books they’re reading, is stolen by a criminal mastermind. Soon, one of Thursday’s favorite characters of all time and a beloved heroine of Western literature has gone missing, kidnapped out of her book—Jane Eyre herself is in mortal danger, and only Thursday can save the day. And that’s just the first book. Throughout the rest of her wildly inventive genre-bending books, Thursday maneuvers between the world of fiction and the real world on a series of adventures involving literary characters like Hamlet and the Cheshire Cat, wooly mammoths, mind-controlling villains, Neanderthals, evil corporations bent on global control, and—lest you thought we forgot—time travel. Thursday’s father is an ex-member of an elite team of government agents who specialize in time travel; years ago, he disagreed with his superiors and took refuge in constant time travel. Supposedly eradicated, completely erased from existence, Thursday’s dad still manages to pop up to give her advice, warn her about events to come, or just have a cuppa tea. Zany, wickedly funny, and satirical, The Thursday Next novels are a highly amusing jumble of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery and without a doubt one of the more delightful ways to solve a crime, travel through time, or simple get lost in a good book. Thursday Next Novels by Jasper Fforde 1.The Eyre Affair 2.Lost in a Good Book 3.The Well of Lost Plots 4.Something Rotten 5.First Among Sequels 6.One of Our Thursdays is Missing (due 2010)
posted Dec 30, 2009 at 3:59PM
Avatar for Localhostess Localhostess said:
The best kind of oddball Fantasy Detective hybrid.
posted Nov 11, 2009 at 12:54PM
Avatar for poohbubba poohbubba said:
If you ever read Jane Eyre in school - here is your revenge! This book has a little bit of everything. Little bit science fiction ( a device is created to be able to go into books, and beome involved in the story), little bit of mystery( there is criminal on the loose that needs to be cuaght), and a WHOLE Lot of humor that will keep you laughing till the last page.
posted Sep 10, 2009 at 1:38PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Great Britain, 1985. The Crimean War has dragged on for 130 years. England is practically a police state. Cloned dodo birds are the pet of choice. Even time travel is routine. For plucky literary detective Thursday Next, this is all in a day’s work. Thursday’s got other things on her mind. She’s got a dysfunctional family—her mother is distinctly wacky, her father is a rogue time-traveler, her absent-minded uncle keeps forgetting what his inventions do, and she’s still got to win back her long-lost love. Thursday’s also got a challenging career. Literature is taken very seriously in this surreal version of England and Thursday’s job is to track down Shakespeare forgeries and the like, with some occasional freelance work on the vampire and werewolf hunting squad. But when a criminal mastermind figures out how to go inside the world of fiction and starts kidnapping characters from their books, Thursday takes a stand. What good would the world be, after all, without Jane Eyre? Allusions to the great works of literature abound and readers will have a ball spotting them. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, and—above all—humor all play a role in this madcap adventure. But it’s the character of Thursday that really makes The Eyre Affair and its sequels the quirky, madcap reads that they are. Thursday Next is a no-nonsense, hardboiled detective, but she’s also a plucky, witty, winsome heroine just trying to keep her life from spinning out of control. Jasper Fforde begs, borrows, and steals from the classical works of literature and almost every literary genre to create a delightfully comic and satirical world that gets more and more inventive with every turn of the page. Book 2: Lost in a Good Book
posted Jun 12, 2009 at 11:19AM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Thursday Next is a hard-headed, soft-hearted woman living in Swindon in an alternate England circa the 1980s. She is a veteran of the hundred-year Crimean War. Her pet, Pickwick, is an early model clone of a dodo bird. Her job involves hunting down criminals who, in this literature-obsessed version of England where citizens take their reading very seriously, can go to jail for forging Shakespearean verse. For a bit of extra cash, Thursday helps destroy the occasional vampire or ghoul. Then, just as Thursday has finally decided to win back her long-lost love Landon Park-Lane, things begin to get interesting. Her uncle Mycroft’s new invention, a Prose Portal that can transport readers into the books they’re reading, is stolen by a criminal mastermind. Soon, one of Thursday’s favorite characters of all time and a beloved heroine of Western literature has gone missing, kidnapped out of her book—Jane Eyre herself is in mortal danger, and only Thursday can save the day. And that’s just the first book. Throughout the rest of her wildly inventive genre-bending books, Thursday maneuvers between the world of fiction and the real world on a series of adventures involving literary characters like Hamlet and the Cheshire Cat, wooly mammoths, mind-controlling villains, Neanderthals, evil corporations bent on global control, and—tah da!—time travel. Thursday’s father is an ex-member of an elite team of government agents who specialize in time travel; years ago, he disagreed with his superiors and took refuge in constant time travel. Supposedly eradicated, completely erased from existence, Thursday’s dear old dad still manages to pop up to give her advice, warn her about events to come, or just have a cuppa tea. Zany, wickedly funny, and satirical, The Thursday Next novels are a highly amusing jumble of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery and without a doubt one of the more delightful ways to solve a crime, travel through time, or simple get lost in a good book. Thursday Next Novels by Jasper Fforde 1.The Eyre Affair 2.Lost in a Good Book 3.The Well of Lost Plots 4.Something Rotten 5.First Among Sequels 6.One of Our Thursdays is Missing (due 2010)
posted May 18, 2009 at 1:15PM
Avatar for Eden Prairie Library Staff Eden Prairie Library Staff said:
Join literary detective Thursday Next as she romps through some of the greatest fiction ever written. Start with “The Eyre Affair” which Fforde himself describes as "a literary detective thriller with romantic overtones, mad inventor uncles, aunts trapped in Wordsworth poems, global multinationals, scheming evildoers, an excursion inside the novel of Jane Eyre, dodos, knight-errant-time-traveling fathers and the answer to the eternal question: 'Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays?'"
posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:27AM
Jan G. said:
Jump into the zany world of SpecOps, the Chrono Guard, and the Goliath Corporation where our heroine, Thursday Next, will try to save the day. Fforde has created a world where people can time travel and enter books, and characters from novels, such as Great Expectations' Miss Haversham, can enter the real world. Look for characters from all those old favorites in one of the Thursday Next novels, but check your reality at the door. This is the first book in the series.
posted Apr 30, 2008 at 12:49PM
meh said:
This is on the list for If you like the Time Travellers Wife. Not sure I agree that these two books would necessarily appeal to the same readers, or at least not for the same reasons. All of Jasper Fforde’s books are, well, just plain silly. Sure, there is time travel, but that is about the only commonality I see.
posted Jun 27, 2006 at 1:58PM
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main characters Thursday Next
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Age: 35
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Special operative in literary detection.
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Acheron Hades
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Kidnaps characters from works of literature.
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