Fforde, Auel, and Gaiman, Oh My!

Currently Reading: One of our Thursdays is Missing – by Jasper Fforde

This is the 6th book in Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, about a Jurisfiction (the policing agency that keeps tabs on the literary world) agent who goes INTO fiction. It is near the top of my list of favourite series. Best of all, this series makes my Bachelors in English Literature pay off! Thursday finds herself in all kinds of classic novels (the first is entitled The Eyre Affair, after all!) and meets characters from all kinds of genres. Anyone who considers him or herself a classic literature buff and has a good sense of humour should definitely pick up this series. (Not being familiar with classics will not stop you from understanding the stories though, there are just some jokes that you might not get.)

Currently Reading: The Land of Painted Caves – by Jean M. Auel

This is also the 6th book in a series (that’s random!). I started reading the Earth’s Children series when I was pretty young, maybe 13 or so. It’s set in prehistoric Europe, when Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens coexisted. Ayla, the main character, is a child of the Others (Homo Sapiens), who is taken in and raised by a group of Neanderthals. (This isn’t a spoiler, it’s how the series begins! lol) I feel like I know Ayla and the other characters. I CARE about these characters, which is always really important for me. I cry when they die, I sigh when they fall in love (tell anyone and I’ll deny it!), I hurt for them when they’re going through hard times. There are a lot of long descriptive passages, which can be a little tedious if you aren’t interested in botany (Ayla is a healer who uses medicinal plants). This series actually inspired me to take an Anthropology class in my first year of university.

Up Next: Neverwhere – by Neil Gaiman

I’m not actually sure what this book is about, but I’ve heard that it’s really good. I’ve recently watched MirrorMask (a movie scripted by Gaiman) and it renewed my interest in reading some of his stuff. I bought Neverwhere at Bakka Pheonix Books when I went to Ad Astra in April, but haven’t had the chance to read it yet. It has now been bumped to the top of my “To Read” pile.

What are you guys reading?

S. :)

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3 Responses to Fforde, Auel, and Gaiman, Oh My!

  1. Redhead says:

    Neverwhere was my first Gaiman, and it got me hooked. It’s not a perfect book, but it is very, very good. and fun. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Aura says:

    <3 Neverwhere! It's like a modern day version of a classic hero's quest fairytale but told in Gaimen's unique style. Pure win! We should have a book discussion after you read it. Heck, I will reread it again at the same tiime as you.

  3. Sylvie says:

    @Redhead Thanks! I look forward to reading it. Unfortunately I have the bad habit of reading about a dozen books at the same time, so it might be a little while still before I get to it…

    @Aura I’ll let you know when I finally get around to it so we can discuss it. :)

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