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, with your background knowledge, I think you could write a Roman murder mystery. With all the intrigue, assassinations, lust and corruption in ancient Rome it would be a shoe-in. Rough out your ideas. Get a draft going. Work on them over a period of months. I'm not a fan of mind maps but they can help chart your progress. Keep it fresh in your mind, tinker with it and before you know it, a story will take shape.
Okay, I'll break down. Under such constant pressure, and your genuine concern, I have to admit that Acheron Hades - wait for it - does make an appearance in "Lost In A Good Book". And another baddie, Emperor Zhark, eventually enters subsequent TN books, too.
So far there's only two books in the Nursery Crime series, and unanimously according to my friends, they are the best in Fforde's repertoire. "The Big Over Easy" is Mickey Spillane/Humphrey Bogart/FBI/Columbo style with Detective Jack Spratt. It's riddled with adult nursery rhyme crimes and the suspicious death of Humpty Dumpty.
The second one is "The Fourth Bear" loosely based on Goldilocks with a bizarre twist and also starring Detective Jack Spratt. Of course, there's more to it than that. This is the book which launched him into the public gaze in Australia. It was the first book I actually purchased!
"Shades Of Grey" is a stand-alone book (except my pet theory was that there would be a second book because the ending is wide open) and not to everyone's taste. It did take me some time to warm to it. The imagery was subdued, the world of Eddie Russett is restrictive and depressing because visual colour is tightly controlled and his love interest never quite takes off although Jane Grey is a feisty woman. The mysteries are solved, heavily reliant on spoons. Don't ask!
And the final two are YA "The Last Dragonslayer", very clever and 'Merlin-type'
magical and endearing, and "One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing" which has some great moments and very memorable chapters; and now that I've finished it, I particularly love the ending - perfect!
There are many authors one can read and re-read but I find Jasper Fforde more so. He weaves literature so deeply into the narrative that it takes a while to realise until a "hey I know what that it" moment hits me.
Okay, I'm off my soapbox. It's your turn now.....