Gannon wrote:Hey Maud, I am up to chapter 24 “The Eyre Affair” and loving every sentence. I think what makes it so good for me is the subtle humour that invades just about every page. Can't wait to finish it and order the next one. Thanks for the tip with the names, I think my favourite would have to be Jack Schitt. hahaha I can't stop smiling every time I hear that name.
Maud wrote:My pleasure, Gannon, I am sooooo very glad you are enjoying it!!!!! I'm confident you will have no trouble getting into its nuances and subtleties. Some people think the story is wacky and give up. Of course, they are the type who love blood and guts! I can honestly say I'm hooked and have read all Jasper's books, even the YA "The Last Dragonslayer".
Gannon wrote: "The Eyre Affair" is definitely wacky. I can see how some people would give up. I think his style would not suit everybody. I mean I think he is the type of author who would have a cult following. I don't think he is going to write any general mainstream bestsellers. For me I would gladly jump in with the cult followers. "The Eyre Affair" is the most enjoyable novel I have read in a long time, I was pretty much hooked from the first chapter. I will finish it tonight and then we can discuss it on your Fforde post. I am so tempted to get signed first editions for all of his Thursday Next novels. Oh well will have to see how the budget is holding up.
Hey Maud I have finished "The Eyre Affair". Loved it, loved everything about it, ending was good. Please please tell me that Hades is not dead. I absolutely love his character, surely he can't be dead. Can't wait to get the next one.
Gannon wrote:I guess your are right. Don't tell me about Hades. Its just that I love him so much he just can't be dead can he? Is he dead?
Here is something I wanted to ask you in the table of contents there is a chapter 13 THE CHURCH AT CAPEL-Y-FFIN. This chapter does not exist in the book. Is there something I am missing here. Is there a joke that is sailing over my head? Has he left chapter 13 out like some hotels don't have a 13th floor. Is it a bad luck thing? Please help me with this Maud, its got me baffled. :)
Gannon wrote:As to whether I write or not, I would really love to. I don't know whether I have the ability. I have had an idea for a while about a murder novel set in ancient Rome.
I don't think Hades is dead. He can't be. If he is, I really hope there is another villian who is as good to replace him. I can't wait to get the second book.
I would like to ask what you think of his other books, other than his Thursday Next novels. Do you like them as much as the TN novels? I think I will collect them as well.
Gannon wrote:WHHOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO, best news I have had all week(well it is only Monday). I knew he was not dead. If I was not so sick with this flu I would be jumping up and down, what the hell I just might......
Gannon wrote:I might go to the Doctor's tomorrow to get some pain killers, it feels like I have broken ribs from coughing all the time.
Gannon wrote:I think you would make a perfect proof-reader. If I ever get it up and off the ground you got yourself a deal. I will even mention you in the acknowledgements.
Gannon wrote:Err, this is awkward, but really I think you should be told. I am really really sorry Maud but there is no easter bunny.
Now onto Jasper Fforde. I can honesly say up front that I didn't get any advice from family or friends. My saying used to be that only librarians have read his books. What happened (misty scene, flashback mode) was I was searching the library shelves for a suitable light-hearted book because I'd been retrenched and mysteriously found myself in the audio book section. After pushing some old folks with hearing aids aside, I plunged my hand straight out and grabbed the nearest audio book before I was hit with a walking stick. The narrator (and that walking stick) did a good job of snapping me out of my lethargy and I then rushed out to loan the second Thursday Next book. Then the Next and then the Next! I wrote him a letter and he has been the only author who has ever replied to me so I figured he was a bit of all right. The rest just followed on, I send him the occasional email (we share a love of libraries), however, I do not blog on his website. At the risk of now becoming boring, I think some of his paperback covers could be a bit better although his typefaced (font) name is unique and distinct for me on the shelf. Lordy, what a fan I am.....