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Fasten your literary seat belts. Bestselling British author Jasper Fforde has written another wild and wonderful novel featuring literary detective Thursday Next.
Thursday's earlier adventures -- The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, and The Well of Lost Plots -- set the stage for drama and diversion in the offbeat alternate realities of both literature and life in the Nextian world. This time there is definitely Something Rotten in Thursday's Britain. A Minotaur is rampaging through fiction, leaving disruptive slapstick incidents in his wake. Shakespeare's dour Prince Hamlet is staying with Thursday's mum, learning about the real world; while Ophelia leads an insurrection in Elsinore that threatens to wreak havoc upon the very core of Great Literature. And a rogue fictional character is about to get himself elected dictator of England.
Having spent much of the past two years in BookWorld, Thursday has decided it's finally time to reclaim what she can salvage of her old life. First and foremost, she means to bring back her beloved husband, Landen, unjustly eradicated by the greedy Goliath Corporation. Once she's home, however, she soon realizes that Goliath's decision to shift to a faith-based corporate-management system is a ploy to evade the dire fate predicted in a 13th-century saint's remarkably accurate (so far) book of prophecies.
Evading an assassin and finding reliable child care for her young son, Friday, complicates Thursday's efforts to accomplish the array of nearly impossible tasks (from stopping the officially sanctioned scheme to burn Danish books to ainsuring that the local croquet team wins the upcoming Superhoop tournament) required to save her world. Cleverly crafted mysteries and fascinating entanglements (romantic, political, and literary) between history and fiction are described with a delightful blend of wit, wisdom, and whimsy in Something Rotten. Stue Stone