Fourth Bear, The

by Jasper Fforde | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780340896716 Global Overview for this book
Registered by TheLostBook of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on 6/1/2009
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by TheLostBook from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, June 01, 2009
This is the second in Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crime series. If you haven't read the first, we have a bookray for that too: The Big Over Easy

It's entertaining, clever fun. The nursery crime series plays with issues of fate and predestination, and the nature of fictional characters, within the format of a crime novel. The references are wide ranging, the puns ubiquitous, and Fforde takes the nursery rhymes seriously but not too seriously.

(I laughed out loud at Fforde's sheer gall when a tongue-twister joke about a minor character eventually paid off - after many pages of set up. After a short pause, the major characters agree with my judgement of their creator: "It seems a very laborious set-up for a pretty lame joke, doesn't it." "Yes... I really don't know how he gets away with it.")

We're starting a bookray for it, as part of The Lost Book project. The Lost Book is an animated web series which you can help write. It follows the adventures of investigative journalist, and BookCrosser, Aileen Adler and her dog Watson as they try to solve the crime of a stolen book.

As well as inviting you to help write the web series, we have a creative writing competition to create the stolen book. Jasper Fforde is our special guest writer. He has set the scene with two intriguing newspaper articles about the book - the journal of a 2004 expedition to Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World. We're inviting 100-word entries each week and will gradually reconstruct the missing book from these microstories.

Bookray - PM at any time, with your shipping preferences, to join.
NMReader, USA (USA)
4thEstate, USA (USA preferred, Int if needed)
Rrrcaron, USA (USA)
leoluvr, USA (USA)
sunfi, USA (USA/Canada preferred, Int if needed) - asked to be skipped
katrinat, UK (Europe)
teggers, UK (Europe)
KiwiinEngland, UK/Ireland (Europe/Asia/Australisia)
Hayes13, Italy (Int)
Ametisti, Finland (Int)

Please could you all do four things:

1. Make a quick journal entry when you receive the book.
2. Read and send on within four weeks - or make a journal entry to let us know how you're getting on if you need longer.
3. Make a journal entry when you've finished.
4. Use the cheapest method of shipping available.

And, enjoy the book! If you liked it, we have bookrays for Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series too - take a look on TheLostBook's profile for the full list.

By the way, this book got damaged on its way here, so the spine is a bit broken. It's fine for reading.

Journal Entry 2 by TheLostBook at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, November 19, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (11/19/2010 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


The bookray starts! Happy reading, everyone.

Journal Entry 3 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Monday, December 06, 2010
Arrived earlier than expected but will be read ASAP

Journal Entry 4 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Monday, February 28, 2011
I thought a status update on this book might be appreciated.

I will probably start this book this evening. I have been buried under rings/rays and simple haven't had as much time to read as previously.

I am looking forward to reconnecting with the Nursery Crimes Unit.

Journal Entry 5 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I did not get to start this when I thought I would. I have started it now. It is not my primary read but I will hope to read quickly.

June 6: I have read several books since I last wrote about this book. I apologize. I have been having trouble with reading this book at some of the times I would have because of the type. Unfortunately it is too small and light for me to read at the gym but as my employer has decided everyone is to take 10 furlough days during this next quarter, I will have some extra time to read during a week. I hope to devote some of that time to this book.

June 20: Jack has just talked to Josh Hatchett about his missing sister

Journal Entry 6 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Saturday, July 02, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (6/30/2011 UTC) at Herndon, Virginia USA


I am sending this book on only paritaly read. As much as I enjoy the story, I have had the book way to long.

Thanks for including me

Delivery Confirmation Number: 0310 3490 0002 4982 8421

Journal Entry 7 by 4thEstate at Montclair, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Arrived in the mail today - thank you!

Journal Entry 8 by 4thEstate at Montclair, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Finished this a couple of days ago. Jasper Fforde's an excellent writer - I love the way he puts a new (and oh-so-cynical) spin on all the old nursery rhymes and fairy tales. And you do have to wonder what the heck Edward Lear was writing about half the time...

Journal Entry 9 by 4thEstate at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, New Jersey USA on Saturday, August 13, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (8/13/2011 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, New Jersey USA


Got the book off into the mail, it's now on its way to rrcaron in NH. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 10 by Rrrcaron at Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Monday, August 15, 2011
Received this book in the mail today. Will get to it as soon as I finish the book I'm reading now.

Journal Entry 11 by Rrrcaron at Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Monday, September 12, 2011
These books are so much fun to read! Who would have ever thought there was a fourth bear? lol. A whole different aspect on the nursery rhymes themselves. Fforde is very clever!! Sending on to next reader.

Journal Entry 12 by leoluvr at Tucson, Arizona USA on Thursday, September 22, 2011
Received in the mail yesterday and I've already started it. Many thanks to rrcaron and TheLostBook :)

Journal Entry 13 by leoluvr at Tucson, Arizona USA on Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Loved it! The subplots got a bit complex for my taste at times but overall it was a very good read. PMing the next person for an address and I'll ship it off when I get back home on Monday.

Update: After numerous PMs and pretty much everyone asking to be skipped, I finally got an address from ametisti. Things have been a little crazy but I'll try to get down to the post office sometime this week. Sorry for the delay!

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