With a quote on the front reading, “keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction,” I wasn’t sure what I was in for, but I knew it was going to be jacked up. I got a bit of a better picture when I peeked inside the cover, seeing, “I promise you will be thoroughly unnerved at the end.” Well, I just finished this book and I’m not even sure that I can write a coherent review but I want it out of my system, so here goes.
I did not like this book. Which is unusual for me given the profile. It won the Pulitzer, it’s a national best seller, it has rave reviews, etc. I’m not saying that I’ll give into just anything that’s a best seller (I haven’t, and don’t plan on, reading any Fifty Shades books), but very rarely do I read a book and not like anything about it. The Road happens to be that first book.
Let me just get this out of the way: I. LOVE. THURSDAY. NEXT. Agent Next of course is Fforde’s protagonist and ultimate badass. From what I understand he has written several different series, of which Lost in a Good Book is #2 for Thursday. The first book, The Eyre Affair, is also an excellent and entertaining read.
The book opens a few months after The Eyre Affair closes, with Agent Next attempting to evade any further PR related to her heroic feats. Without giving too much away from the first book, I’ll try to explain the world where Thursday lives. It’s a parallel universe basically. One that resembles a cross between Narnia and the dream episode of Buffy, with some Inception thrown in for good measure. It’s 1985 in Britain, but with a heavy emphasis on literary greatness. Continue reading
Let me start by saying that I never thought I would finish this book. That’s not to say that it is a bad book, in fact I found it both well written and interesting. It just seemed that so many things would come up when I tried to read and at 550+ pages it seemed daunting as the first book to undertake in CBR5. However, I finally finished this evening and am ready to talk about it.
I was drawn to this book
because it was $1.99 in the Kindle store because the stories of Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin and the gang have always intrigued me, but I haven’t found an effective outlet for that curiosity. Most of the books I’ve tried have been too dry or dense and I end up tossing them to the side. As historical fiction, this obviously has a much lighter feel but I think probably gives an honest depiction of it’s central characters. That being said, I know nothing about the central characters other than random TV shows here and there, so I can’t judge how “legitimate” the story is. Continue reading