November 2013 could also be known as the month of Jasper Fforde, well at least on my reading list. While I only managed to read four books altogether during this wonderful month of food celebration, they were all written by Jasper Fforde. When I read a book by a new (to me) author and I love it, I have a tendency of wanting to read everything they’ve ever written. With Jasper Fforde, this task will keep me busy for awhile because he has a lot of books to choose from. I have SJ of Snobbery to thank for this.
I think I first came across her blog through the Insatiable Booksluts site, but I can’t really remember. Anyway, she’s a friend on Goodreads as well, and if she gives a book a 4-to-5 star, then I am very likely to pick it up myself. That’s how I got started with the Thursday Next series. (Tip: She also writes great series called Trashy Tuesday, the best place to learn which books never, ever to read. That’s how I was saved from reading more than book 2 of the Clan of the Cave Bear series).
Shades of Grey
Published December 29, 2009 by Viking Adult
First, I have to say I hate that my brain automatically added “50” to the beginning of this title (and that the frenzy for that book will start again when the movie comes out). The first book of the series, the rest of which has yet to be written, set in a society based on color. Your status is determined by the color and its intensity you are able to perceive. Another great story of a utopian society that isn’t all it claims to be. I always love books of this kind, in which a society is explained and appears to function normally, but then the main protagonist starts to notice discrepancies or starts to question why things are done a certain way.
The Last Dragonslayer
Published October 2, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Dragons, what is left of magic, and the question of who the dragonslayer is. All of that combined with big business and the people who run it, and their desire to control what is left of the dragon’s land makes for a great book. Based on Fforde’s website, this is the first of four (#2 is published and #3 is to be published soon) in the series. I look forward to following Jennifer Strange on more of her adventures and quests to protect magic within the Ununited Kingdoms.
Lost in a Good Book (book #2 of the Thursday Next series)
Published February 24, 2004 by Penguin Books
The Thursday Next story continues with an eradicated husband, the first hint at how much the Goliath Corporation wants to control the book world, and Thursday’s start as a Jurisfiction apprentice (to none other than Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Fforde continues the wonderfully creative story that is all about the world of literature. And much like in Toy Story, the literary characters we love (or hate) have lives of their own beyond the story we read and parts they perform for us.
What are your favorite books from November?