Being the musings of a Yorkshire lass living in the USA. I'm a book geek, bird nerd, grammar Nazi, and hockey nut. Sarcasm is my default setting.
This book is the lovechild of Moominland Midwinter and 1984. I would say it's closer to Shades of Grey than it is to Thursday Next. A bit of a slow-burner to start with, but things are now beginning to get going.
I think Fforde has mentioned in interviews that he had the Moomin stories in his mind while he was writing this, and he certainly pays homage with a character known as the Gronk (Moomin fans will remember the Groke who appears silently and who freezes the ground she sits on). However, you should probably not confuse Fforde's Gronk with the one that plays football for the New England Patriots.
And talking of the Groke, a friend sent me this - It's Fifty Shades of Groke.
'Oh, and let's get any confusion sorted out: lacrosse, our true national game, is intentionally violent, whereas hockey, is incidentally violent, and unless you've got time to spare, don't ask me about counterfeit maple syrup.'
Was totally not expecting a bonus hockey reference in a Jasper Fforde novel.
OMG, I've got two called and read squares, AND THEY ARE NEXT TO EACH OTHER!
Small monochrome kitty = called but not read
Small colour kitty = read but not called
Large colour kitty = read and called
New Release - Early Riser, Jasper Fforde (called 9/7/18)
9/01/18 Modern Noir - The Last Coyote, Michael Connelly (read but not called)
9/03/18 Supernatural - Iron and Magic, Ilona Andrews (read but not called)
9/09/18 Cryptozoologist - Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire (called and read)
9/11/18 Relics and Curiosities - The Story of the Amulet, E Nesbit (called and read)
9/14/18 Spellbound - Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett (read but not called)
9/16/18 Shifters - Magic Triumphs, Ilona Andrews (read but not called)
Still to read
Southern Gothic - Living Dead in Dallas, Charlene Harris (called 9/9/18)
Terrifying Women - Shell Game, Sara Paretsky (called 9/11/18)
A Grimm Tale - Heartless, Marissa Meyer (called 9/13/18)
Creepy Carnivals - Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter (called 9/17/18)
Diverse Voices - TBA (called 9/21/18)
Murder Most Foul - Tombland, C J Sansom (called 9/23/18)
Doomsday - Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Fear the Drowning Deep - The Kraken Wakes, John Wyndham
Deadlands - A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
Ghost Stories - The Canterville Ghost, Oscar Wilde
Free Square - Lethal White, Robert Galbraith
Country House Mystery - Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey
Genre: Suspense - Be Buried in the Rain, Barbara Michaels
Darkest London - The Furthest Station, Ben Aaronavitch
13 - The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Baker Street Irregulars - TBA
Amateur Sleuth - TBA
Terror in a Small Town - TBA
Let the games begin.
Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Sleep Marshalls, a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens.
Charlie Worthing is a junior Sleep Marshall who hears of a conspiracy - a viral dream is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination and a psychotic episode that can end in murder. When Charlie enters the sleepstate himself and wakes two months later, all those who knew about the dream have disappeared...
It's not Thursday Next, but a new Jasper Fforde book is always welcome.
“Yes, bad. Look at Daddy ripping the bad man to pieces. Go Daddy!”
Well that was an extremely satisfying end to this series. And has made me very impatient for the next Iron and Magic installment.
There are plenty of laughs, plenty of kick-ass moments, epic battles, and a couple of 'whoa, I did not see that coming' moments.
Not everyone makes it out alive, but I was well pissed at(show spoiler)
Oh, and Sunshine Realty totally deserved what happened to them. In fact, they got off pretty lightly to be honest.
“And what are you doing on it, I would like to know? Running away from home, yesno? If you were a boy I'd say are you going to seek your fortune?"
"Can't girls seek their fortune?"
"I think they're supposed to seek a boy with a fortune.”
Luckily, Esk and Granny Weatherwax are a wee bit more enlightened that that.
I did enjoy re-reading this book and seeing Granny's first appearance. But I do think her character gets even better in the later books when she has Nanny Ogg to spar with.
The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, wast to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby's sex...
As Sir Terry himself says, "I suspect that via the insidious medium of picture books for children the wizards will continue to practice their high magic and the witches will perform their evil, bad-tempered spells. It's going to be a long time before there's room for equal rites."
I wish you could have seen all the honours and kindnesses lavished on the children and the learned gentleman by those ancient Britons. You would have thought, to see them, that a child was something to make a fuss about, not a bit of rubbish to be hustled about the streets and hidden away in the workhouse.
E Nesbit. Not just a good author, but also a damn fine human being.
A bit of a mix-up with Overdrive means I'm still on the wait list for Equal Rites, so I've decided to dive into my 'Relics and Curiosities' square.
At the end of Five Children and It the five children promised not to ask the Psammead for another wish as long as they lived, but expressed a half wish to see it again some time. They find 'it' again in a pet shop in Camden Town, and their magic adventures start over again. 'It' leads them to a magic amulet - half of it actually - which they use it to try and find the other half. It takes them back to ancient Egypt and Babylon. The Queen of Babylon visits them in London, bringing all her ancient customs with her - which is awkward. They visit the lost continent of Atlantis. They see Julius Caesar in the flesh, but none of these adventures run smoothly, and if they forget the 'word of power' or lose the amulet, what would happen to them?