January 22, 2009

Please don't hate me, Jasper Fforde.

First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, Book 5) First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde


rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Jar-Jar Binks of the Thursday Next series. Far too much telling instead of showing, and egregious overuse of meta references (Thursday has copies of all her previous books and runs into fictionalized versions of herself constantly). This book deviates from the tone of the first four in almost hipster ways: illustrations leading to a comic-book portion in the third act, first-person switcheroos, Sixth-Sense plot twists. It's a neat trick, but unfortunately--and I love, love, LOVE Jasper Fforde--it didn't work. It's the episode of Star Trek that you forget because you love the series.

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