|Plot Summary of Something Rotten|
Viking, Aug 2004, 24.95, 385 pp.
After two years in the Well as the head of Jurisfiction, Thursday Next decides to go home although she will miss some of her compatriots. She travels to Swindon with her son Friday and that indecisive fickle Hamlet, who is unable to decide or not to decide.
While Hamlet tries to understand the real world better so that he can improve his decision process in the Shakespearean realm, Thursday learns that the Goliath Corporation, who deleted her spouse Landon, have begun a faith based system. They believe she is the Chosen One and plan to choose her whether she wants to or not. Meanwhile outlaw Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine tries to become dictator. Only Thursday can clean up these messy subplots, but she is not sure what chapter or verse will follow. As President-for-life Formby is missing and the world will end in a whimper if the Swindon Mallets fail to win the croquet Superbowl, all she seeks is good childcare.
A usual with a Thursday Next novel, literary giants are shredded and “exposed” as Jasper Fforde takes characters like Hamlet with his foibles and places him in the real world. The latest adventures are wild, over the edge, and very amusing.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Something Rotten|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- humorous or laughable
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a CUTESY fantasy world
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- champion of justice
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
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