The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (2001)
Series: Thursday Next #1
Main Characters: Thursday Next, Acheron Hades, Mr. Rochester, Jane Eyre, Jack Schitt, Landen Parke-Laine, Pickwick, Thursday’s Dad, Braxton Hicks, Mrs. Nakajima, Anton Next, Joffy Next, Polly Next, Wednesday Next, Mycroft Next
Plot Synopsis: Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality, (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature. When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.
Setting: United Kingdom
I’d heard so much about this book and series prior to reading it that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. As a fan of both reading and the sci-fi genre, it sounded perfect and it didn’t disappoint. Not only is the plot unique and interesting, but there were a lot of puns and jokes based on literature so the author interacts with the reader but in a playful, non-annoying way.
I will say that the world of the novel wasn’t exactly drawn out and isn’t the main subject of the book. I wanted to know more about it but had to make do with references to things every now and then. Plus some of the jokes went over my head, but I still enjoyed it immensely and plan to continue in the series.
My Rating: ★★★★☆