Sunday, 30 July 2006

The big over easy

Finish reading Jasper Fforde's The big over easy (2005). Although I liked his Thursday Next novels, I took a while to get around to this one, because a detective story in which Jack Spratt and Mary Mary of the Nursery Crime Department (Reading Police) investigate the mysterious death of Humpty Dumpty sounds too silly for words. Amazingly, Jasper has pulled it off again, managing to make an amusing and engaging novel with some likeable characters out of the most unpromising material. You have to read this to believe it. I still prefer Thursday Next, though.