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Shades of greyness
on January 19, 2010
I loved all previous books of Jasper Frorde-- he seemed to be improving in every one: They moved, they crackled, they relied on action, dialogue, scenes. In this book Fforde has become a little lazy, methinks. Instead of letting us witness the action and undertand what goes on on our own, he let us see the scenery via descriptions. This makes the book much more static. Now mind, this is still an excellent Fforde book, and his imagination is still top notch. But instead of letting us experience the scene and hear the dialogue and leave the rest to us, here the action is somewhat lacking, while the visuals are splendiforous. I still loved the book, but I suspect it would be a mite less successful than his others-- for the simple fact that the lack of movement (either in space or in time) is less engaging to the reader. Also, the specific Triage at the end, without the irony that a Thursday Next book would have, is a bit heavy. IMO.
But I don't fault JF for trying something new. An author must experiment, and this experiment, as such go, is a reasonably success; just not an overwhelming one.
I sure hope the next ones are back to the old JF standard.
And yes, I do recommend that you buy this book.