The Big Over Easy
23 journalers for this copy...
I enjoyed the book, although not as much as the Thrusday Next series.
Still, it's very entertaining, with a lot of wordplays, plot twists and Fforde's witty imagination hard at work ! He plays with the conventions of detective fiction and the outcome of the investigation is as weird as it gets! There are wacky characters, hilarious situations and references to Thursday Next's world (a nice touch!).
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'It looks like he died from injuries sustained during a fall...' Bestselling author Jasper Fforde begins an effervescent new series. It's Easter in Reading - a bad time for eggs - and no one can remember the last sunny day. Humpty Dumpty, well-known nursery favourite, large egg, ex-convict and former millionaire philanthropist is found shattered beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. Following the pathologist's careful reconstruction of Humpty's shell, Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and his Sergeant Mary Mary are soon grappling with a sinister plot involving cross-border money laundering, the illegal Bearnaise sauce market, corporate politics and the cut and thrust world of international Chiropody. As Jack and Mary stumble around the streets of Reading in Jack's Lime Green Austin Allegro, the clues pile up, but Jack has his own problems to deal with. And on top of everything else, the JellyMan is coming to town...
if you want to join this Ray! Shipping order for this Ray: 1) boucli
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, Germany, Euro shipping 8) sunlightbub
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10) DP31 (darlingd), US (Illinois), US shipping pref. but int'l ok if needed --> not responding to PMs 11) fsr44
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13) 4everLostInBook, US (California), will ship anywhere
14) ldpaulson, US (California), US shipping
15) Karenlea, US (California), will ship anywhere.
16) NeedSun, Canada, will ship anywhere --> asked to be skipped
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25) sugaryfun, Australia, will ship anywhere --> asked to be skipped 26) RonOren, UK, UK shipping preferred.
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28) GingerBoy, UK, will ship anywhere --> asked to be skipped 29) Cross-patch, UK, UK shipping --> asked to be skipped
, UK, can ship anywhere. 31) arugh48187, India, will ship anywhere. *** current location ***
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Sent today to boucli
in Toulouse, France.
received yesterday, first on my TBR pile !
Thanks a lot, Chich !
I enjoyed it very much (although, same as you Chich, not as much as the thursday next's series !). It was fun to see all those characters from bedtime stories and nursery rhymes living real lives in Reading !!
thanks for the ring, chich, the book is leaving today to Bilbi...
Woah ! A new 'ring ! Thanks chich and boucli :*
Just a book to read before starting this one ! The cover is just so great ! I'm looking forward to reading it !
I'm really excited, aren't I ? ;-)
It was a really funny book. It's a quick read and it's hard to turn the last page because you get on well with the characters. It's also the kind of books you would say "I can't take all this in ! I'm a grown-up for god's sake !" ;-)
Thanks for sharing this book and don't tell anyone I feel like reading this kind of books and watching cartoons on TV ;-D
This arrived this morning! Thank you bilbi for sending this to me and thank you chich for starting the ring!
I was just wondering what to read next and now this book has arrived my question has been answered :)
I will most likely read this quickly but I won't be able post to it to the next person till after Christmas.
I actually finished this book on Christmas Eve but I was already out of town and had no access to the internet until now.
Well what else can I say other than this book was great!!! I was wondering if I would be disappointed but I wasn't! Lots of jokes, puns etc and just really funny! I love the nursery rhyme idea and Jasper Fforde really made this work wonderfully! He really does have a good head for these things.
There were loads of things that I would love to quote and I would love to chat for hours with someone else who has read this book. However I don't want to give anything away to the rest of the ring participants so I will have to make sure that some friends get hold of this book and read it asap!
I will look forward to the next Jasper Fforde book coming out!
I hope the rest of the ring will enjoy the book as much as I did and as soon as I have the address from the next person on the list this book will be on it's way again!
Edit 30/12/05 - I have the address of the next participant and will be putting the book in the post on Monday.
Will read as soon as I can thanks for letting me join!
Another great book by Jasper Fforde, it took me a little while to get into the swing of things (and to try and remember all the nursery rhymes) but once I did I didn't want to stop reading it. Boo for having to sleep and go to work!!!!
Anyhow have now finished it and pm'd dodau for address and will get the book on its way as soon as I can. Thanks for letting me take part chich.
Journal Entry 12
Bookray in Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, January 21, 2006
Released 13 yrs ago (1/21/2006 UTC) at Bookray in Bookray, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases
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Sending on to dodau. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks again for letting me take part in this ray!
Arrived this morning. I have just started a book so this one will be next. Looking forwrd to it.
A change of charcter and setting for Mr Fforde but not of quality and genius. Taking Jack and Mary and some of the other charcters who first appeared in the third Thursday NExt book and making them the stars of their own series was a stroke of inspiration. I'm really looking forward to the Forth Bear.
I've pmed Hellie a couple of times but got no reply. I'm going to pm her again now and if I don't hear within a week move onto the next person on the list
Just thought I'd mention that the Nursery Crime Division has its very own website
. It's been created by Jasper Fforde
, and features lots of crazy sections such as an NCD test, crime evidence, "egg stuff", a tour of Reading...The usual wacky "Ffordan" creations!
Journal Entry 16
Surface Mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Released 12 yrs ago (2/28/2006 UTC) at Surface Mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases
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arrived today, couple tings ahead of it...be onto it soon...
would it make more sense for this to go to sunlightbub in uk next then piggeldy in germany, since it's in uk now? No apparemtly not...os have pm'd piggeldy for address!
This was a strange book....I felt that the literary characters worled better than the Nursery rhyme characters do....it was too over the top in places for me to 'just go with it' and I found myself getting a bit frustrated. that said the use of characetrs is very clever and some parts did make me laugh out loud.
He is something very different is Jasper Fforde!
Journal Entry 18
-- controlled release in -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Saturday, March 11, 2006
Released 12 yrs ago (3/11/2006 UTC) at -- controlled release in -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom
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posted to next person in ring.....enjoy!
The book arrived here this morning, but there are two other books I'm going to read before this one, so it may take four to six weeks until I can send it on :-(
Edit, April 16th: I don't know why, but I have quite some difficulty to get into the book... Maybe it's my lack of knowledge of English children's literature, maybe it was just the stress of recent exams - anyway, I just wanted to say that I need some more time. I already have the next reader's address (but sunlightbub is away for a couple of weeks, so I hope that it's not a big problem to extend the book's stay with me).
Edit, May 15th: I am so sorry, but I have given up to finish the book (at least in a reasonable amount of time) :-( It's not that I didn't like it, it's just too difficult to stay reading (which wasn't a problem with the Next-series), and if I always wait two weeks until I feel able to read another chapter, I won't finish the book till next year maybe. So it will travel on within the next days...
Received today! I was just thinking to myself last night it's the first time I've not had at least one bookring here since joining bc, then two arrived this morning!!! lol
Loved this! Just as much if not more than the two books I've already read by this author...The same clever play on words and distortion of traditonal themes, but with a reaaly good mystery to boot..Fab..I'll get Pepper's address and send it off by surface mail ( as it's a heavy paperback) tomorrow..Thanks for sharing xx
I am so sorry that I didn't journal this when it arrived. I'm swamped with books, but I'm going through and trying to journal and get things out ASAP, so this should go out soon.
I loved this book. Jasper Fforde is such an amusing writer, and I absolutely adore all the plays on words and funny "coincidences" that happen in the story! The bit with the beans and the giants was wonderful, especially since Jack didn't realize he was a nursery rhyme character! And neither did Mary!
I laughed out loud several times.
I'm going to send a PM to DP31 now and hopefully get this out shortly.
I printed the postage on this today; it will be dropped in the blue box on my way to work in the morning.
On its way to fsr44. Delivery confirmation number 420 02860 9102 1501 3471 1640 7145 37.
Received today. I'm away next week but will start this as soon as I return.
I think I'm done with Jasper Fforde. I thoroughly enjoyed the Thursday Next series but I thought this one was dreadful. It lacks the wit and charm that made The Eyre Affair so much fun. The characters are cardboard cutouts (what do we know about Mary Mary other than the fact that she has a lot of boyfriends?) and the plot lackluster. It's like he phoned this one in. I think I'll skip his next work.
Sending to buffra as soon as I have an addy.
I was a bit behind book-wise, so have mailed this without reading. (Doesn't hurt that I received a copy for the holidays!)
Thanks to Buffra for sending me the book and Chich for arranging the bookring. The book arrived safely. I meant to post as soon as it arrived but didn't get the chance. I will be sending off an e-mail shortly to the next person on the list (ldpaulson). Thanks so much for making this book available! I am looking forward to reading it.
02/03/2007 - Quite a funny read, although I'm still partial to the Thursday Next series, I think. I put the novel in the post today for LDPaulson.
Thanks again Chich for the opportunity to read this one!
Caught this a couple of weeks ago and read through it immediately.
It's Jasper Fforde. What else is there to say!?!
Not only have I really been wanting to read this book, but I read the opening line and found out that it starts out around Easter. Excellent timing!!!
I should be able to start it in a few days. Thank you for sharing!!!
I enjoyed this new series by Fforde, but not quite as much as the Thursday Next series. I thought some of the play with the nurseries characters was cute and clever, but it did not catch my interest. I found myself skimming through the book in parts. I am not sure if I am interested enough to read the next book in the series.
I will be mailing this out to the next reader this afternoon. Thank you to Chich for sharing. This was a book that I had been wanting to read for a long time and I am happy that I got the chance!!!
'kinell, I signed up for this quite a few years ago..It has gone the gamut has it not..Llove to rread Fforde, it has rained four other rings on mae, but Im quicker than Marc Bolan in a mini, so I will dive in soon enough..Chich, wonderful Chich!! Good to be on another one of yers! Sending lorra Veronica love all 'round cheers also Karenlea for posting this to me
Not Fforde's most riveting, albeit, there is never lack of scattergun referencing and will not leave you disenchanted but rather exasperated and hoping he will keep up his gig at being prolific.
cheers chich 'twas a gud one!
and I see that it very well may be the most travelled book about..
This morning it made its way to sunny Florida
This arrived in my mailbox today. I gotta say that I so enjoyed Fforde's wit & punny humor in the Thursday Next series, that I am very anxious to see how he fairs in this Nursery Crime tale. I'm just finishing up my current read, and then will start on this straight away; thanks for sharin'it,chich, and I will journal again when I've finished.
I tend to agree with those previous readers who said that this was quite good, just not quite *as* good as Thursday Next.
All of Fforde's wit & wordplay are present, tho (I loved all the introductions to each chapter) and the interesting characters abound (Prometheus was a fun addition), so I'll look for "The Fourth Bear" to follow through with this series.
Thanks for sharin', chich; I've PM'ed CheriePie, as there was no reply from my PM to arugh48187 (and her shelf says she's offline) and I will send it along asap.*mailed to CheriePie 07/07.
This book arrived the other day, but I was offline for much of it getting my Comcast connection (Internet & TV) switched over to Verizon FiOS. I'm quite a bit backlogged with rings and rays at the moment, and was almost going to decline this one, but then I noticed that I was the International shipper and that it was headed over to Aussie and then the UK after me so I figured I'd accept it in the hopes that chich doesn't mind if it might be in my possession for up to 3 months. (Especially with the elimination of surface mail here in the US, I can imagine that mailing this hardcover to Australia isn't going to be cheap, so hopefully the fact that I'm doing it will buy me a little extra time to get it read. ;) LMK if it's a problem....
This was my first introduction to Jasper Fforde. Though I have her Thursday Next series here, I hadn't yet found a chance to read them. And from what I've read here and elsewhere, those are even better than this. :) That said, I did enjoy this little romp through Nursery rhyme time. I can't say it was laugh out loud funny, but it was certainly worth a chuckle or two, enough so that I'll be looking forward to reading The Fourth Bear. Apparently I'm endeared enough towards Jack Spratt and Mary Mary to find out what happens to them in the future. ;)
I have denny08's addy and this will be heading out in the mail to her early next week. I apologize for having it as long as I did, but thank you for being patient with me and giving me the opportunity to read it nonetheless.
UPDATE 11-NOV-2007: Mailed 12-Nov-2007 via USPS Media Mail.
UPDATE 06-DEC-2007: Sent PM to denny08 to confirm whether or not this has been received yet... :(
I do have the book! I cannot believe I forgot to JE it! I am so sorry. However, I am nearly done with it and will PM the next person for their address NOW!
I enjoyed this so much, that I went out and bought my own copy! I also bought The Fourth Bear and some other Fforde books! I am sorry it took so long to get this going again....(Payroll people should not have rings/rays in January due to W2s!) But I am going to the post office tomorrow! It is enveloped and ready to go! Thank you for sharing!
Arrived safely in the land of Oz today! Of course, as is bookcrossing karma, most of my rings and rays seem destined to arrive on each others heels!
I'll get to this one ASAP and return with deep and meaningful thoughts!
Actually finished this one about 10 days ago, but 'real life' has intruded on my bookcrossing time (how inconvenient of it!)
This was perfect reading for 'inconvenient real life' times! I found myself chuckling at the puns, satire on detective fiction, and the general silliness! Although this one didn't hold the belly laughs that I associate with the Thursday Next series, Fforde's cleverness and unique way with words made me look forward to snuggling into bed each evening with Jack and Mary!
Thanks for sharing this one with me, chich! Sugaryfun has asked to be skipped, so I've contacted RonOren and received his address. This one will continue its adventures via a slow boat to the UK.....
Finally arrived! Admittedly, it's been at the PO for a while, but I couldn't get it until today. I'm really looking forward to read this one; as I'm halfway through the Count of Monte Cristo (which will probably take a while to finish), I may not wait and get started on this one as a bedtime-book right now :-)
Blimey, Jasper Fforde is crazy, isn't he? I loved this book, but it is decidedly weird. The story itself is very funny, if somewhat disconcerting (after all, it's not that inconceivable that services would be determined by what the public likes rather than what is real). But by far best were the little excerpts from the Reading "newspapers" at the beginning of every chapter. I loved how they covered fairy tale stuff, like the wedding of the Owl and Pussycat, like normal occurrences (which, to be fair, is how they do happen in Fforde's world).
As I said after I read The Eyre Affair, I'll be looking for more Jasper Fforde's books!
My GF, DJgib, said she'd like to read the book as well; since chich agreed to this, it's moved to DJgib before travelling on in the ring.
After DJgib muscled herself onto the ring, but didn't have the energy to review it more than saying she "quite liked it", and both Gingergeoff and Cross-patch both admitted to have found a different copy, the book is now finally on the move again, to Aubriel. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did!
Has arrived safely - many thanks
Firstly, my apologies for having this book so long.
As for the book, I think I was saved from the Thursday Next effect by having recently read by accident the next book in this series and so was a bit more prepared.
I found it enjoyable, maybe not so much as the Thursday Next series, but still full of the originality one has come to expect out of Jasper Fforde.
On route, via airmail (so hopefully it shouldn't be long!)to Argh48187
Found this one in my mailbox this afternoon. I have a few bookrings in front of it, but I am a fast reader so it shouldn't tarry long. You can keep track of its progress via my bookshelf.
Yikes! I've had this one for almost three months. I really am a fast reader, I just got bogged down in two huge tomes in September and October. Sorry about that.
Now about the book...Jasper Fforde certainly is clever. I can't imagine how he comes up with this stuff. Kudos to my mom for making me familiar enough with all the nursery rhymes that I got most of it. I too felt that the Thursday Next series is a bit more than this one, but it was still pretty good. I tend to agree with a previous journaler in that Jack and Mary were a bit flat. I mean how can Jack be two different Jacks (Spratt and beanstock-boy) and there was no mention of Mary's garden at all. What is more he left out the main ma'am, as in the one and only MOTHER GOOSE. Anyway if I don't manage to make it to The Fourth Bear anytime soon, I am sure my life will still be rich and fulfilling.
Thanks for sharing. I have the address of the next on the list and it will go out in the post in the next few days.
Journal Entry 52
Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, December 07, 2008
Released 10 yrs ago (12/7/2008 UTC) at Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases
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Mailing off to Queniene who is next on the list. Happy reading!
Unfortunately it seems that this ray went MIA :o( It is now time for this book to take a well-deserved rest in an exotic setting, hoping it gets found one day and gets a chance to resume its journey!
I'm really sorry for those who haven't yet had the chance to read the book! Graphic courtesy of losbookisland.