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Books: Review:Jasper Fforde: Shades Of Grey

22 December 2009 8:37 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

British author Jasper Fforde scored a comic hit with his first published novel, 2001’s The Eyre Affair, which introduced the detective Thursday Next. After five novels set in Next’s literature-mad world, chasing Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters in and out of their venerable stories, Fforde is starting a new series in a different alternate history, or perhaps future. Shades Of Grey introduces an England several centuries after a mysterious Epiphany that reorganizes society based on its citizens’ ability to perceive portions of the visible-light spectrum. As if building a color caste system weren’t enough »

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Inkheart (review)

22 January 2009 12:45 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Yes, I stole that headline from Jasper Fforde’s hilarious fantasy novel [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.] about Thursday Next, Literary Detective, who lives in a parallel universe in which readers can walk into books, characters can walk out of books, and -- most fantastically -- books are popular like American Idol and football are popular. Inkheart doesn’t dare stretch phantasmagoria to that absurd level: it’s content with its wonderful creation of “silvertongues,” rare people who can read aloud from a book and make it come to life. Not like we say that, like when Daddy agreed to do all the voices when he read “Where the Wild Things Are* when you were six, but really. Toto from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz can appear in your bedroom... but the tornado will really take out your house, too. It’s a dangerous gift, and Mo Folchart, collector and repairer of antiquarian books, accidentally »

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