Detective Thursday Next has had her fill of her responsibilities as the Bellmanin Jurisfiction, enough with Emperor Zhark's pointlessly dramatic entrances, outbreaks of slapstick raging across pulp genres, and hacking her hair off to fill in for Joan of Arc. Packing up her son, Friday, Thursday returns to Swindon accompanied by none other than the dithering Danish prince Hamlet. Caring for both is more than a full- time job and Thursday decides it is definitely time to get her husband Landen back, if only to babysit. Luckily, those responsible for Landen's eradication, The Goliath Corporation formerly an oppressive multinational conglomerate, now an oppressive multinational religion have pledged to right the wrong.
But returning to SpecOps isn't a snap. When outlaw fictioneer Yorrick Kaine seeks to get himself elected dictator, he whips up a frenzy of anti-Danish sentiment and demands mass book burnings. The return of Swindon's patron saint bearing divine prophecies could spell the end of the world within five years, possibly faster if the laughably terrible Swindon Mallets don't win the Superhoop, the most important croquet tournament in the land. And if that's not bad enough, The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet. Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop this hostile takeover? Can she prevent the world from plunging into war? Can she vanquish Kaine before he realizes his dream of absolute power? And, most important, will she ever find reliable child care? Find out in this totally original, action-packed romp, sure to be another escapist thrill for Jasper Fforde's growing legion of fans. escapist. (The New York Times Book Review)
The New York Times - Janet Maslin,
The pileup of all these ingredients, not to mention the hedgehog Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle from the Beatrix Potter books and cameo appearances by certain Alice in Wonderland characters, make Something Rotten more than clever they make it clever and a half. Mr. Fforde's penchant for plotting knows no bounds ... it's easy to be delighted by a writer who loves books so madly - and who can imagine a Hamlet who roams the real world, declaring That Freud fellow will have a bloody nose if ever I meet him. Mr. Fforde is the man who could arrange that meeting.
BookPage.com - Gavin J Grant
Fforde juggles his way through space and time (Thursday's dead father and eradicated husband both make crucial appearances) and manages to retain the madcap energy of Thursday's earlier adventures. Despite some recapping of previous events, there is so much going on that readers new to the series might best begin with the first book, The Eyre Affair.
The New York Times Book Review
Harry Potter Just for Adults... effortlessly readable and unashamedly escapist.
Greenmanreview.com - Cat Eldridge
Jasper Fforde is every bit as brilliant in this series as Douglas Adams was in The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy series. It's that good. Indeed I could say that it's even better plotted with more memorable characters than that venerable series but that will take a few more readings to say that with certainty. I do know that, like Kage Baker's 'The Company' series, I eagerly look forward to each new novel, and am disappointed when I finish it. This is truly The Good Stuff.
As usual with a Thursday Next novel, literary giants are shredded and “exposed” as Jasper Fforde takes characters like Hamlet with his foibles and places him in the real world. The latest adventures are wild, over the edge, and very amusing. Fans need to set aside time because they will be LOST IN A GOOD BOOK literally sharing SOMETHING ROTTEN affair with the heroine as she tries to keep the myriad of lost plots straight. Once again nothing is sacred as Jasper Fforde satirizes with humorous word play literature and real icons.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Cloggie Downunder totally unpredictable Something Rotten is the 4th of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. After 2 years as Bellman for Jurisfiction, Thursday has begun to miss the Real World, and decides to go back to Swindon with her two-year-old son, Friday, to see if she can... Read More
Rated of 5
Loved it as much as - and maybe more than - the first book in the series. Which was really good.
To be honest the third book - "the well of lost plots" - was a bit of a disappointment to me. I felt Fforde had lost his quirky... Read More
On an ordinary day, Edwards world is turned upside down when he stumbles across a crate of family papers. To his horror, he discovers that nine previous generations of his family have come to sticky ends because of their noses. When he investigates---despite his grandfathers caveat never to look into the origin of his nose---Edward...
Set in Pratchett's wonderfully crazed city of Ankh-Morpork, Going Postal hilariously reflects the plight of post offices the world over as they struggle to compete in an era when e-mail has stolen much of the glamour from the postal trade.
These are 2 of the 5 readalike suggestions for Something Rotten. Members have full access to all readalikes. If you are a member, please login. To find out more about membership, click here.
A Man Called Intrepid author dies aged 89(Dec 03 2013) William Stevenson, a journalist and author who drew on his close ties with intelligence sources to write two best-selling books in the 1970s, A Man Called...