Rachel Montgomery, our Teen Librarian (her YA Blog) told me about these series of 6 novels that I really should read, after I had told her that I love Jane Eyre. I absolutely fell in love with the first book of the series, The Eyre Affair, and couldn’t put it down. Imagine for a moment a world where Shakespeare is popular, and Special Forces are stopping a terrifying group of thieves from stealing unpublished manuscripts of Dickens, Bronte, and Poe. It’s a very crazy, chaotic, fun, and explosive world of twists and turns, but it’s magical. Magical that Jasper Fforde pushes you in to the plot, where you feel like you’re investigating yourself. I highly recommend The Eyre Affair, especially if you want a light and fun book to read. It’s a book that I can grab on a cloudy day, and make it sunny again. Enjoy!
Great Britain, circa 1985, 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 and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career. Fforde’s ingenious fantasy—enhanced by a Web site that re-creates the world of the novel—unites intrigue with English literature in a delightfully witty mix.