jay said:Needless to say, just my stern opinion. A cute idea general gets deflated once the well has been taped too many times. Ffrorde, not a skillful writer by any measuring stick, solely has his nifty little ideas to rely on. Once the idea becomes dilute -and he completely ruins his only real creation (a typical mistake for many male writers is their great inability to write a strong female character)- there is really nothing but nostalgia (for one’s previous enjoyment, which is apparently enough for most people).
Ke-rist. I guess the aching teats still have milk in them. And here I though he was going to try to achieve something else…alas.
I'll freely admit that Fforde is fluffy. But I think the first book is pretty strong. It makes for great bedtime/beach reading. But, again, merely my humble opinion. And I was actually dissapointed with the topic of the new book as well. I was hoping for something - well - new. Has anyone read it yet?