Hey guys, I have just finished "The Fourth Bear". I must say that the long wait that I had to endure was worth every minute. I loved "The Big Over Easy" and didn't think that TFB could equal it in sheer reading enjoyment, but I actually think it's even better.
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There are so many things that I love about TFB, Dorian Gray as a used car salesman whose cars repair themselves until their odometer runs backwards to zero. This is one part of the book that I found suspenseful. I was waiting to see what would happen when the odometer reached zero. The way Jasper works the car into the very ending is brilliant.
The Gingerbreadman WOW. Probably not just my favourite character but my favourite part of the whole book. The perfect assassin who can't get wet. His watery demise under the roof sprinklers is another of my favourite moments. Of course he is a biscuit, not a cake.
Only Jasper could come up with the whole "giant cucumbers being an energy source" plot and I won't even pretend to understand how it all worked, but once again it left me clueless till the end.
Love the whole idea of the bears living alongside humans in society. The issues that they have, porridge being a controlled substance, "the right to arm bears"
etc. It seemed at times that they are treated almost as second class citizens.
I was sad when Ashley the Alien gave his lifeblood literally to defuse the cucumbers, but then happy when he was brought back minus a couple of weeks memory.
OMG, what about Punch and Judy being Jack's neighbours. Their continual fighting throughout the book is hilarious.
Great, great book, once again Jasper has delivered the goods. Roll on Next Thursday!
If you are not having fun......then what is the point.