The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Publication Date: May 1, 2009

Its 1985 and the fictional world is parallel to our own and someone is kidnapping literary characters. Its the job of Thursday Next, occupant of our world but detective in the Literary Detective Division, to find the culprit and stop them before its too late.

 

 

Every book claims to be like the work of a better selling author. They’ll up the ante saying that the work is by a author who is the modern version of the author to whom they’re likened. Usually they could not be less like the author whose name they use to promote themselves. In the case of Fforde, it would be in no way inaccurate to liken him to Douglas Adams. It would also not be inaccurate to say that they are nothing alike. Fforde and Adams share a well defined imagination with a lightness of being. Their worlds are intricate. Fforde is clearly extremely well read. The characters created by others in his story are wholly within character. The description of the fictional world is beautiful and complete.

Thursday Next is a complex character. The Eyre Affair is part time travel and part fantasy. History is rewritten, extinct species are not as extinct as one might think (Thursday has a pet Dodo). Her father can slow time and has been hunted by the Chrono Guard. There is simply too much to outline when it comes to this wonderful character. In the book world, characters play role. Jane Eyre is married to a fictional character not from her own book. There is an incredibly intricate bureaucracy in both the real world and book world and a delicate ecosystem in both. There are bookworms that eat prepositions and poop punctuation. Yes, it’s just crazy, but it works so beautifully well.

The Eyre Affair is a dance. There is chaos and just when you think there could be no resolution to anything it all comes together and things fall into place. Fforde gives a master class in creativity. His world is stunning. Kids trade cards of authors instead of baseball players and whole religions grow up around favorite works of fiction.  Perhaps the “He who shall not be named” bad guy is a little weak but in the end it makes sense. The Eyre Affair is exciting and poignant and there’s a hint of romance but not so much that it distracts from the master world building.

Despite his weak entrance, Archeron Hades is a brilliant bad guy. He is a sophisticated Snidley Whiplash, twirling his mustache and doing bad simply for the joy of the evil act and the satisfaction of a well crafted and executed plan. It;s not just a job for Hades, it’s a calling and he’s determined. Hades is not the only bad guy by a long shot. The Goliath Corporation may not be as innocent as they seem and just might complicate life more than people might like.

Ultimately, Thursday is a Mary Sue for those of us who love books. She travels through storylines and keeps the peace for favorite characters. Who wouldn’t want that job? The Eyre Affair is my Unicorn. It is the perfect book in that its so different than anything you’ll ever pick up that it is like discovered Adams and Pratchett again.

If you like quirky fiction, The Eyre Affair is 100% for you. Pick it up. There are no regrets.

 

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Just in Time Cowboy (Lost Mine Series Book 1) by Jillie Rivers

Publication Date: January 28, 2015

 

Just in Time Cowboy by Jillie RiversIn Just in Time Cowboy by Jillie Rivers, When Kelsey starts her day in Mule Stop, Wyoming in 2014 and ends it in 1892 she is understandably confused. Not so confused is Peter Jackson, the young cowboy that finds her. It seems the Sioux foretold her appearance. Peter has an outlaw on his heels determined to steal his claim so taking care of Kelsey is near the bottom of his list. Can Kelsey find her way home and will she want to once the scope of her purpose in the past is discovered?

 

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The Golden Key Chronicles by A.J. Nuest

Publication Date: April 24, 2014

 

The Golden Key Chronicles by A.J. NuestIn the novella, The Golden Key Chronicles by A.J. Nuest, Rowena Lindstrom is a modern-day antiques dealer and art restorer based in Chicago when she tracks down and buys an armoire to which she seems to have a familial collection. Inside the armoire, she finds a mysterious golden key that seems to unlock a parallel dimension containing a deliciously dashing Prince. What tie does the key have to that world and once the veil is crossed, will Rowena ever make it back to the modern day. With evil forces plotting her demise, will she survive in the realm of Prince Caedmon? The Golden Key Chronicles brings together four originally released novellas along with a new bonus prequel.

 

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Life II by Scott Spotson

Publication Date: February 5, 2013

 

Life II by Scott SpotsonIn Life II by Scott Spotson, Forty-two-year-old, Max Thorning finds a mysterious book written in a number of languages regarding time travel. It becomes his obsession and he tracks an alien named Dr. Time to Athens, Greece. Dr. Time shows Max a method of time travel that he would never have imagined existed and offers him the rare chance to live his life over. When Max returns to his 16-year-old self how will he live his second chance at life?

 

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Janelle’s Time by Dayna Leigh Cheser

Publication Date: July 15, 2012

 

Janelle’s Time by Dayna Leigh CheserIn Janelle’s Time by Dayna Leigh Cheser, Janelle’s father, Gerard, dies in a terrible accident leaving her to inherit his properties and great fortune. Richard Grayson, the youngest son of a duke, sees Janelle and falls for her instantly. Together they encounter a strange light by which they travel back in time and to the English estate of Richard’s ancestors. Will everything change for Janelle and Richard or will their love conquer all? Janelle’s Time does indeed cover a lot of time.

 

 

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