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Jasper Fforde - The Big Over Easy

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Posted by Sulkyblue (11th Oct 2005, 17:24)

I enjoyed reading this book and moving away from the Thursday Next series has definately added some more life to this rather odd universe. Unfortunately this book has some pretty severe flaws which prevent it actually being 'good'. The biggest problem is that he's trying to parody something and in doing so causes exactly the same problems as are present in the original format. In this case he's trying to point out that all lead detectives are eccentrically interesting characters by making his lead detective average and dull (much the same as Thursday Next was). Also while most of the book is well paced and interesting the end came across as very quick with several dramatic moments thrown in just to make dramatic moments. The other problem with Fforde's novels is that I never feel he's got as good a handle on his universe as Pratchett or Holt have, that it's always one step away from completely disintegrating. For all that it's a good summer read, so long as you're not expecting anything outstanding.


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