Friday, June 10, 2011
Book Review: Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Anyway. Something Rotten. It's the fourth installment of the Thursday Next series, and picks up about two years after The Well of Lost Plots ended. Thursday, tired of living in the Bookworld, returns to the real world with her two-year-old son, Friday, and must confront a number of difficulties related to her husband's ongoing eradication and her two-plus year absence from Swindon in addition to new problems in the form of Hamlet (yes, that Hamlet) coming for a visit and the return of Yorrick Kaine, the fictional villain Thursday vanquished in The Well of Lost Plots. On top of that is the matter of procuring reliable childcare for Friday and fending off yet another world-domination scheme of the Goliath Corporation.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this installment. The Thursday Next series continues to be highly amusing as well as intelligent, and the development of the characters and Thursday's world is excellent. 4 out of 5 stars.