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22 September 2011 @ 08:07 pm
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next #4)  
Summary: Detective Thursday Next has had her fill of her responsibilities as the Bellman in Jurisfiction, enough with Emperor Zhark's pointlessly dramatic entrances, outbreaks of slapstick raging across pulp genres, and hacking her hair off to fill in for Joan of Arc. Packing up her son, Friday, Thursday returns to Swindon accompanied by none other than the dithering Danish prince Hamlet. Caring for both is more than a full-time job and Thursday decides it is definitely time to get her husband Landen back, if only to babysit. Luckily, those responsible for Landen's eradication, The Goliath Corporation— formerly an oppressive multinational conglomerate, now an oppressive multinational religion—have pledged to right the wrong.

But returning to SpecOps isn't a snap. When outlaw fictioneer Yorrick Kaine seeks to get himself elected dictator, he whips up a frenzy of anti-Danish sentiment and demands mass book burnings. The return of Swindon's patron saint bearing divine prophecies could spell the end of the world within five years, possibly faster if the laughably terrible Swindon Mallets don't win the Superhoop, the most important croquet tournament in the land. And if that's not bad enough, The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet. Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop this hostile takeover? Can she prevent the world from plunging into war? Can she vanquish Kaine before he realizes his dream of absolute power? And, most important, will she ever find reliable child care?

Comments: This might actually be my favorite of the series! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started, because while I enjoyed the first book, the next two weren't as good, but I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It was fun and exciting and also really funny! It tied up some loose ends and mysteries that had been brought up in previous books, some that we didn't even know had loose ends until it was resolved. Best of all, Hamlet came into the real world with Thursday, bringing with him a bunch of Hamlet and Shakespeare jokes. I absolutely LOVE Hamlet, and my favorite one had to be the Yorrick joke. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!

Rating: 5/5
Current Mood: pleasedpleased