Why did I try again? I guess it all boils down to the simple fact that I WANT to like these books by Jasper Fforde. At least we're getting closer...Fforde, Jasper. The Big Over Easy. 2005. New York: Penguin, 2006.Summary
: Nursery Crime Series #1
. Humpty Dumpty has fallen off his wall to is death, and it's up to Jack Spratt and the rest of the ragtag Nursery Crime Division of Reading to figure out whodunnit. And, though a lot of people wanted the egg poached, it turns out to be a mad geneticist who secretly fertilizes Humpty's egg and hatches him.Comments
: As offbeat as The Eyre Affair
but significantly better written, this series seems, to me at least, to be better place to begin with Fforde's "literary" mysteries. Unlike his debut, however, the world of Nursery Crime has some serious things about it that need to be explained, yet aren't--namely, why all of these creatures from folklore, mythology, and nursery rhyme are suddenly REAL. Even Jack (of Giant-Killer and Beanstalk fame) is one...and perhaps his assistant Mary Mary is, as well (whose characterization AS A WOMAN is every bit as lousy as Thursday Next's). The way in which all of the detectives are encouraged to turn real cases of crime into narratives for mass public consumption in pulpish magazines such as Amazing Crime Stories
struck me as a sly jab at the world's obsession of late with reality television--after all, entertainment and reality don't always coincide in the best of ways. One thing that REALLY bothered me about the story, though: No WAY is Humpty Dumpty a convincing Don Juan. Sorry, but it just doesn't work.Notes
: trade paperback, 1st printingRating
- If you can't stand mystery books, you won't be able to stand this novel, either--and even the weird world won't fix things.