Monday, February 22, 2010

Review: Shades of Gray

Shades of Grey: A Novel by Jasper Fforde

I have enjoyed every novel written by Mr. Fforde, and his newest release is no exception. He has created a remarkable and disturbing world. It is full of the familiar inexplicable bureaucracy and convoluted regulations, as we find in the Thursday Next and Nursery Crime books, but with something much darker beneath the surface. It's the first of a trilogy and I fully expect the next two books to be even more engaging as a significant portion of this novel simply develops the world in which the characters live.

If you haven't read anything by Jasper Fforde, start with The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel, though if you haven't read Jane Eyre you really must start there.

As a note to myself, I promise to relinquish my next Jasper Fforde book to Kansas Dad no later than 11 pm each evening.


  1. Haven't read this one yet (though I did give it to my Dad for his birthday), but I've loved all the others. I actually read The Eyre Affair without ever having read Jane Eyre, but it prompted me to read it. Not bad for a modern novel to make you want to read one of the classics!

  2. The Thursday Next novels prompted me to read Anna Karenina, quite possibly one of my favorite books of all time. Thanks Jasper Fforde!


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