All Unkept
Posted in: Personal and misc  —  February 19, 2005 at 07:05 PM

Cleaning and Jasper Fforde

by Luke Plant

I cleaned and tidied both my bedroom and my front room today, including even hoovering. It was quite an interesting experience, and one I probably ought to engage in more frequently.

At 5am this morning I finished reading Jasper Fforde's book "Something Rotten", the last in a series of four. It was, like the others, hilarious and totally wacky. For those who don't know the books, they are very difficult to describe - the comment the from one reviewer was "Forget all the rules of time, space and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure", which is a pretty good summary.

The way that the plot was weaved together in this one was particularly good. It even brought together things that had been started in the first book, and in one instance I can think of it seemed like large parts of the plot from several books were only there to culminate in one very bad joke!

Talking of funny books, I'm also reading "Three Men In a Boat" at the moment. This is easily one of the funniest books i've ever read. It can have me in stitches within seconds of picking it up, I can't get along with reading for laughing so much, so despite its slim size I still haven't finished it. Bizarrely, it's often difficult to work out why it's funny - I imagine some people might not see the humour at all, in which case it would be a rather dull read, as it has almost no plot to speak of. I think it is generally a quite famous book ('Thursday Next' in Jasper Fforde's book had read it many times, for instance), but I haven't heard it talked about much or had it personally recommended to me. Which is a shame, so I'm now recommending it to the blogosphere.

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