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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Review by CaleynaThe Eyre Affair is a hard book to classify. It is not fantasy, though there are many fantastic elements. I guess I'd have to call it sci-fi, though it's unlike any sci-fi I've ever read. It is mainly a fast-paced mystery adventure set in an alternate 1985. Dodos are popular pets, brought back through home cloning kits; airplanes are scoffed at since everyone knows airships (those big blimp things) are vastly superior; and art and literature are the most important things in society. A whole police department is in charge of solving literature related crimes (stolen manuscripts, faked copies of important works, and finding kidnapped characters).
Our herione is a thirty-something woman who, through a series of strange coincidences, must save her genius uncle from the world's most dangerous criminal, remove her aunt from a Wordsworth poem, and save Jane Eyre. Thursday Next has a wry sense of humor and a sharp mind. She's extremely likeable, a very important trait for a lead character.
This book is a splendid romp through a crazy world. I enjoyed it immensely. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries, adventures, and good fun. It helps if you have a background in English literature, since many of the jokes relate to those long dead writers of old, but it is not totally neccessary. If you are a fan of classic British literature, this is a must read.
The score: This book deserves a 4.5 out of 5 amulets. I'm taking points off for a few too many coincidences, but overall it is an exceptional read.
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