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I'm having the worst time getting into The Eyre Affair. The premise is great and it's fun to play "spot the literary reference," (my favorite character name is "Millon de Floss," hehe) but the storytelling itself is painful, with big chunks of awkward exposition dropped in to take care of that pesky world-building. I'm about a third of the way through, and I already think I'm going to lose it if Thursday Next mulls over her own history in past perfect tense one more time. I've seen Fforde compared to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, both of whom I've read and loved for years, and so far I'm just not feeling it. But I will press on.

Date: 2012-04-22 01:47 pm (UTC)
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I slogged through it. It was too much on the smug cleverness and not much with the good writing. Passed on the rest of the series.

Date: 2012-04-22 03:51 pm (UTC)
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I had similar problems. I finished the first book, got a little annoyed with the conclusion, and decided I wouldn't bother with the rest. It's like... the elements of what I enjoy are there, but they're not combined in a way that works for me.

Date: 2012-04-22 04:43 pm (UTC)
sophia_helix: Margot and Richie Tenenbaum reading in the Natural History Museum (ETC: RT read)
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I had similar feelings. I finished that one bu didn't read any further -- sadly I just don't think Fforde has the skills to pull off the concept fully.

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